by Julie Larios (Author) Julie Paschkis (Illustrator)
Journey around the world with this poetry collection celebrating delicious international street food!
The world is a delicious place! Come along on an international journey to try a hot pretzel in New York City; saffron tea in Mumbai, India; deep fried scorpions in Beijing, China; and much, much more.
This poetry collection celebrates all the different kinds of street food from around the globe, introducing young readers to snacks they know and ones they've never heard of--showing that no matter where we live, we all appreciate a yummy treat!
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Opening with New York City's various food carts and closing with Boston's Fenway Park franks, this collection of short poems by Larios offers a playful look at street food around the globe, visiting Mexico, Israel, Morocco, Australia, Russia, Peru, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Greece, Senegal, and China in turn. The book feels arranged at random, but a variety of rhyming and free verse poems in simple diction keep the material accessible; "Winter Meal," representing St. Petersburg, Russia, reads: "Four pelmeni,/ three piroshki,/ two sweet blini--/ one big belly." Paschkis offers vibrant watercolor spreads for each location, with an array of people from each country shown within engaging themed borders, making for an intriguing first look at international bites. Back matter includes a brief, and unfortunately sometimes exoticizing, look at the poems' offerings. Ages up to 8. (Apr.)Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.