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I Want to Be Spaghetti!

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Lively illustrations share message of self-love, diversity.

I Want to Be Spaghetti! book cover: A bowl of noodles and broth with chopsticks and a smiling face.

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Playful illustrations with faces on foods and colorful settings give a bright setting for an important message of self-acceptance and embracing what makes us each unique. I Want to Be Spaghetti! is fun to read aloud because it works on several levels. It's a charming story about how Ramen finds its place in the kitchen and a deeper lesson about cultural identity and self-love. The subtle contrast of ramen and spaghetti is a gentle introduction to cultural differences for the youngest readers and could prompt conversations about guarding against the idea that one culture is better or more desirable than others. Readers new to the world of instant noodles can learn about other ingredients to add, and everyone can delight in the silly facial expressions the food makes.

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