Ramen for Everyone
By Carrie Kingsley,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Sweet message and delicious ramen in colorful picture book.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Information about ramen ingredients and history, and a recipe for simple ramen.
Be curious about making foods you love for the people you care about. Persevere when things don't go as planned.
Positive Role Models
Hiro's dad is patient and kind, teaching Hiro how to make ramen and about cooking from the heart.
A Japanese family of Hawaiian descent is centered here, along with their food.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Patricia Tanumihardja's delightful picture book Ramen for Everyone is a sweet, family-centered picture book that celebrates delicious food and kindness toward others. Hiro is curious about making his dad's perfect ramen, and perseveres through his frustration that his cooking doesn't go as planned. Hiro's dad is encouraging and helps Hiro see how to make something special in his own way. There's a simple recipe at the end of the book for readers to try making ramen at home.
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What's the Story?
Hiro has grown up watching his dad make the most delicious Sunday dinners in RAMEN FOR EVERYBODY, and now that he's 7 years old he wants to do it himself. He tries to make the broth and the noodles, but they don't turn out the way he hoped. And when he makes the toppings, things go very, very wrong. He's frustrated and wants to give up until his dad shows him how he can makes a meal that's special to everyone.
Is It Any Good?
With a sweet message of kindness and generosity, this colorful picture book puts food and family center stage and helps young readers learn how to cook something special. Young readers can identify with Hiro wanting to cook a family recipe in Ramen for Everyone, and there's a wonderful lesson about trying again when things don't go as planned. Hiro's dad is sweet and patient, and the ramen recipe is detailed and simple for beginners. The colorful illustrations from Shiho Pate perfectly capture Hiro's emotions.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what they like to cook together the way that Hiro and his dad cook in Ramen for Everyone. What's your favorite thing to make?
What foods would you like to learn how to make?
What meals are special to your family?
- Author: Patricia Tanumihardja
- Illustrator: Shiho Pate
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Great Boy Role Models
- Character Strengths: Curiosity, Perseverance
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Atheneum Books For Young Readers
- Publication date: March 14, 2023
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
- Number of pages: 48
- Available on: Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: March 21, 2023
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