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Rattigan, Jama Kim.
Boston : Little, Brown, 1998
IL K-3, RL 3.5
ISBN 0316730475
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Dumpling Soup is the story of an Asian American girl and her family's celebration of New Years.  The story describes the tradition of making dumpling soup and how the main character, Marisa, now seven-years-old, gets to participate in the preparation of the meal.  It further describes other activities that take place at her grandmother's house with her aunts, uncles, and cousins.  These activities include a game where all the children wait in line to hug their grandmother, walking around outside in everyone else's shoes, and waiting anxiously until midnight to celebrate the New Year with fireworks and sparklers.

Dumpling Soup is a wonderful multi-cultural book to share with children because it illustrates how people from different cultures celebrate an American holiday.  At the beginning of the story Marisa states how her family is a mixture of Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and Hawaiian.  Although they live in Hawaii, Marisa and her family maintain their cultural heritage with their New Year's celebration.  The book also incorporates several Hawaiian, Japanese, and Korean words throughout.  (Brenda Torrez,, teacher)

SUBJECTS:     Family life -- Fiction.
                        Cookery -- Fiction.
                        Hawaii -- Fiction.

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