EVERYBODY BRINGS NOODLES by Norah Dooley

EVERYBODY BRINGS NOODLES

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

A neighborhood celebrates America’s birthday by sharing its ethnic dishes in this latest of the Everybody series (Everybody Serves Soup, 2000, etc.). When Carrie hatches the idea of a block party for the Fourth of July, she has no idea of the work it will involve. On the day of the party, she clutches her list as she crosses off each item: tables and chairs, tablecloths, ice cream, and most important, the food her neighbors have made. Fortunately for Carrie, all the dishes contain her favorite—noodles. While the countries of origin are not always mentioned in the storyline, pesto, yellow sesame noodles, Greek orzo salad, macaroni salad, Vietnamese spring rolls with peanut sauce, zaru soba, and kugel are the featured specialties. As Carrie moves through the neighborhood, readers can see through her interactions that the young girl is instrumental in bringing the community together. In fact, though she is disappointed not to be taking part in the talent show, she is pleasantly surprised when she is recognized in this capacity by the organizer of the talent show. Dooley’s work is a combination of a celebration of the diversity that makes America unique, and a recipe book. Thornton’s illustrations are filled with color and life, and feature the people and places found in his own hometown. Add it to the menu. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-87614-455-5
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Carolrhoda
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2002




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