Dim Sum, Here We Come! By Maple Lam

Published by HarperCollins

Summary:  A girl is excited to be heading out for a weekly dim sum family gathering.  She and her parents and sister head to the restaurant where they meet up with extended family: grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Everyone sits at a big round table with a lazy Susan in the middle that is soon filled with baskets of yummy food.  It’s hard to wait for her favorite dishes to make their way to her, but Grandma reminds her that waiting shows respect.  Finally, the basket with the last char siu bun makes its way to her, and she peels off the paper, blows off the steam, breaks it in half, and shares it with her sister.  Dim sum means everyone gets to share, and sharing dim sum means “I love you.”  40 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  Another great story featuring food and family.  Anyone who has enjoyed dim sum will get to savor some happy memories, and anyone who has not (like me) will want to find a place to give it a try soon.  The cute illustrations extend to the endpapers, where various dishes are shown in the front and empty plates and baskets are pictured in the back.

Cons:  Having a little more information about what dim sum is would have been helpful to those of us who have never experienced it.

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