Everybody Cooks Rice (Picture Books)

by Norah Dooley

Other authorsPeter J. Thornton (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1992






Carolrhoda Books (1992), Edition: Reprint, 32 pages


A child is sent to find a younger brother at dinnertime and is introduced to a variety of cultures through encountering the many different ways rice is prepared at the different households visited.

User reviews

LibraryThing member jacale19
This is a great book that shows the various groups of cultures that eat rice. This little girl goes around the neighborhood looking for her brother. She meets different neighbors from different cultures and they are all eating different kinds of rice. ( they give recipes for them too!)
LibraryThing member MaeBHollie
Everybody Cooks Rice is multicultural a picture book.

In this story a young girl searches the neighborhood for her brother who is late for dinner. One the way, she discovers that all of her immigrant neighbors are cooking rice recipes brought from their native countries. She has a taste of each rice recipe and then returns home to find her brother already at home eating rice. There are recipes for each of the rice dishes mentioned

I like this book becasue our country is made up of immigrants and at one point or another nearly every American family can identify someoen in their history who came from another country.

Extention activities include:* Identify countries mentioned in the text and locate them on a world map. * Use an atlas to identify the climatic conditions necessary for growing rice.* Describe the universality of human wants and needs.* Explain the movement of cultural traditions from a country of origin to a new country. * Identify the natural resources used in the preparation of rice recipes. ALSO: Make a class cookbook of cherished recipes.
* Share the books, How My Parents Learned to Eat and The Keeping Quilt, to add more examples of traditions.
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LibraryThing member clapkj01
This book has ethnic diversity in it. It is about a girl who goes from door to door looking for her brother and ends up visiting all different kinds of people who are making some kind of dish with rice. I think this book is appropriate for ages 5-9.
LibraryThing member Katrinaalyn
A girl goes out and about the neighborhood looking for her brother who is late for dinner. She sees how all the people are cooking rice differently from their own cultures.
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LibraryThing member KRW15
This is a multicultural book. Great for teaching multicultural appreciation.
LibraryThing member ndange1
I had mixed feelings about this book after reading it. I liked the book because of the characters. In this story, there are many different cultures which the reader is exposed to when reading this story. The language is very thorough. It goes into detail about the different types of cooking and rituals different families have. The reader is introduced to many different neighbors from Puerto Rico, Vietnam, India and China. What I did not like is the amount of text there was on each page. On some pages there were paragraphs written, while on others it was just one paragraph. It could be a big adjustment for students to deal with switching from so much text to a little bit of text. The big message of the story was to show readers how diverse, but similar cultures can be. Each family was from a different part of the world, but each family was cooking rice that particular night. It is interesting for a reader to see the similarities and differences between cultures.… (more)
LibraryThing member pbusto1
In my opinion this is a good book, because it is well written. You can read the book in English and Spanish which is amazing. This helps the reader see the difference in the text. The book had great illustrations that, I enjoyed looking at I think it has been a while since I have sat down to read a multicultural illustrated book so it was nice to see these nice illustrations. The author did a great job by having colorful pictures because it made the book stand out. This book really pushes readers to think about diversity and the difference in cultures. The big idea of this book was for the reader to be able to see and understand that there are different cultures and languages. While the families cook you can see the diffrence in their homes with the rice they cook.… (more)


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Physical description

32 p.; 9 inches


0876145918 / 9780876145913


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