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Soul Food Sunday celebrates the beauty of quality time with family and learning how to express love through cooking. Includes how to begin cooking some of the family's favorite recipes and the complete recipe for macaroni and cheese.
Family time is important and fulfilling. Putting a smile on the face of someone you love makes everyone feels special. It's fun to learn something new, whether you're young or old.
Positive Role Models
The main character displays a genuine interest for learning new things and a desire to try his best. The featured family is a positive representation of a loving family of color who's committed to spending time together each week at dinner.
Depicts a loving family of color, and the story is centered on their tradition of soul food dinners every Sunday. Love across generations, and the importance of quality time are central themes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Soul Food Sunday is a fun-loving picture book about family, food, and traditions. Written by soul food enthusiast and teacher turned author Winsome Bingham and boldly illustrated by Charles G. Esperanza, the book was created not only about soul but also with soul. The story unfolds as Granny teaches her grandson how to help cook food for their big family dinner for the very first time. Themes of love and the importance of quality time are present throughout the story. Soul Food Sunday was named a 2022 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book.
Is It Any Good?
This book is warm and fun, as it's equal parts love and delicious homemade food. Soul Food Sunday delivers a familiar and comforting glimpse into the world of one family's tradition, based around food but grounded in love and quality time. Charles G. Esperanza's illustrations are bold and bright, while Winsome Bingham's use of exciting words, including onomatopoeia, are engaging. Readers will be inspired by the delicious food on the pages, and may want to try the recipe for macaroni and cheese at the conclusion of the book, or whip up one of their family's favorites to continue the experience.
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