A mouth-watering, multicultural board book for little foodies and their loved ones, celebrating dumplings from kitchens all over the world!
There are so many different kinds of dumplings to love! In this sweet rhyming board book, the youngest of readers are introduced to traditional dumplings eaten all over the world, from bao to pierogi, samosa, and more! Featuring more than thirty different dumplings, plus an illustrated guide to pronunciation and associated regions, this multicultural board book is just right for sharing diverse culinary traditions and fostering a love of good food with little ones. Everyone is welcome at this dumpling celebration!
A MULTICULTURAL CELEBRATION: Dumplings are eaten all over the world! Big or small, baked or boiled, these satisfying treats from different traditions have as many similarities as they do differences, making them a wonderful way for the littlest readers to begin exploring a rich diversity of cultures—including their own!
FOOD BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER: The kitchen is a space of warmth, family, and celebration, no matter where in the world you go. This heartwarming board book encourages caregivers to share their own stories with the little ones in their lives, creating space for parent/child bonding and lasting cultural celebration.
GREAT GIFT FOR LITTLE FOODIES: Experiencing taste for the first time is magical! Babies and toddlers will delight in seeing favorite foods represented on the pages of this beautiful board book. Encouraging little ones’ developing appreciation for food, and just the right size for little hands, this joyful celebration of dumplings is sure to make a splash at any baby shower or birthday party.
IRRESISTIBLE, RHYMING READ-ALOUD: Moments of sweetness and celebration abound in this warm, upbeat text! A cheerful rhyme and charming, colorful illustrations make this board book a great choice for read-alouds, sure to become a storytime favorite.
LEARN ABOUT EACH LITTLE DUMPLING: Two accessible, illustrated spreads at the back of the book invite readers to learn the name, pronunciation, and associated regions of every dumpling they meet in this delicious story, making multicultural education easy at even the earliest ages!
Fans of Disney Pixar’s animated short film Bao
Readers who love multicultural children’s books and food board books like First Book of Sushi and Yum Yum Dim Sum
Anyone who loves to cook, eat, or share good food with friends and family
Parents, grandparents, caregivers, or anyone seeking to share the tastes of their culture with the kids in their lives
Gift-givers seeking cute, distinctive board books for birthday, new baby, or holiday gifts or to share during celebrations such as Lunar New Year, Passover, and Christmas
About the Author
Jekka Kuhlmann grew up in a mixed-race, Chinese American household on an expat compound in the Middle East, where she was surrounded by individuals of nearly forty nationalities—all of whom had different backgrounds, ethnicities, religious beliefs, and dumplings in their lunch boxes. An avid traveler who has been to more than twenty countries, she loves to experience the diversity of the world through something that unites us all: food! When she’s not exploring, Jekka works in sales for technology start-ups and her own consulting agency for fitness and wellness brands. She divides her time between San Francisco, California, and Kauai, Hawai'i.
Born and raised in a bi-racial family in upstate New York, Krissy Kuhlmann’s upbringing danced across Korean and American cultures with food at the center of the experience. As an adult, she has sampled street food in Saigon, sashimi in Tokyo, goat in the Kenyan bush, braai cheese in Cape Town, chicken wings in Buffalo, and crab cakes in Maryland—to name just a few!—and she firmly believes that food is the best way to connect with a culture. When she’s not steaming up a plate of dumplings, Krissy can be found exploring the outdoors with her husband, two young children, and dog. She lives in Burlington, Vermont.
Haley Hazell is a professional food stylist, recipe developer, and graphic designer. She grew up in a Jewish household in Los Angeles, where her earliest culinary experiences were defined by global flavors; fresh, seasonal produce; and family time spent gathered around the table. Haley worked as a graphic designer for many years before attending the San Francisco Cooking School. She went on to work at Good Eggs (an online grocery and meal-kit service) before starting her own business food styling and creating content, recipes, and packaging design for food brands. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband and daughter.
Manita Boonyong’s illustrations are inspired by the fun of daily life, combining silliness and joy to tell meaningful stories that put a smile on people’s faces. Manita lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand.
“It’s a party! Little Dumplings is a charmer, taking toddlers on a global tour one happy snack at a time.” — School Library Journal, starred review
“Colorful, inviting artwork reinforces the idea of food as a connecting force and cultural touchstone, making this a nice, subtle introduction to a range of traditions and a global mindset. There's something undeniably lovely in learning that wherever you go, dumplings will be there, too.” — Booklist