This May, I noticed several recent books about mothers and daughters that feature Asian families. Since it is getting close to Mother’s Day, and May is also Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, now is the perfect time to enjoy some of these titles:
Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore, illustrated by Kristi Valiant
When all her older siblings are away, Cora’s mother finally lets her help make pancit, a Filipino noodle dish. Includes recipe for pancit. (I learned about pancit after moving to Bolingbrook and attending a few church potlucks. It’s yummy!)
Dumpling Days by Grace Lin
When Pacy, her two sisters, and their parents go to Taiwan to celebrate Grandma’s sixtieth birthday, the girls learn a great deal about their heritage.
Good Fortune in a Wrapping Cloth by Joan Schoettler, illustrated by Jessica Lanan
When Ji-su’s mother is chosen by the emperor to be a seamstress in his court, Ji-su vows to learn to sew the beautiful Korean bojagi, or wrapping cloths, just as well so that she will also be summoned to the palace and be reunited with her mother. You can take a peek at the beautiful interior illustrations on the publisher’s website (scroll down to the bottom of the page).
Yoko Learns to Read by Rosemary Wells
Despite the doubts of some classmates and her native-born Japanese mother’s inability to read English, Yoko finds the key to reading and catches up with the other students in putting new leaves on the classroom’s book tree.