WHERE ON EARTH IS MY BAGEL? by Frances Park

WHERE ON EARTH IS MY BAGEL?

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The fates look kindly upon the mixture of longing, serendipity, and quick thinking that accompanies the Parks’ story of Yum Yung’s bagel desire. It came to Yum Yung out of the blue one day: His village in Korea might have many things—“There were waterfalls rushing into streams of darting fish. There were lilacs gently blossoming on every hillside”—but there were no New York bagels. To remedy this problem, Yum Yung ties a note to a pigeon’s leg and bids the bird haste to New York City with his request for a bagel. But the bird is ever-so-long in returning, and Yum Yung worries the bird has delivered it somewhere else. So he asks his neighbors—a farmer, a fisherman, a beekeeper—if they have seen it. No, they respond after learning what a bagel is. “It is round and it has a hole in the middle.” They are experts in their craft, but it is not a plow wheel, a life ring, or a circle of bees. When Yum Yung is paying a visit to the baker, the pigeon returns, not with a bagel, but with a note from Joe’s To-Go Bagels giving his secret recipe. The baker says she hasn’t the ingredients, but Yum Yung knows just where to get flour, sea salt, and honey. And voilà, Yum Yung has his bagel. Lin’s transporting artwork has a toned-down Eastern flavor that makes for a successful expression of the story’s trans-cultural happening, but it is the pursuit of passion—and the warm rewards that may follow on its wake—that makes this story special. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 2001
ISBN: 1-58430-033-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Lee & Low
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2001




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