Cora Cooks Pancit

by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore

Other authorsKristi Valiant (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2014



Local notes

E Gil


Lee & Low Books (2014), 32 pages


When all her older siblings are away, Cora's mother finally lets her help make pancit, a Filipino noodle dish. Includes recipe for pancit.


Original language



1885008481 / 9781885008480



User reviews

LibraryThing member NanceeL
Fun book for kids to learn to help cooking in the kitchen. Recipe for Pancit at the end of the book.
LibraryThing member skstiles612
If I say this was a delicious book I would not be kidding. The story is about a young Filipino child who is too small to help cook in the kitchen. One day her sisters and brother leave the house and she is left to help her mother cook. Her mother lets her choose what they will eat. She chooses Pancit, her favorite dish. She gets to put the noodles to soak to soften them, help shred the chicken and check when the noodles are done. She also gets to help stir the pancit. Her sisters and brother are surprised to learn that she did their grown up jobs. They and their father tell her how proud they are of her. I loved the glossary of words that explain some of the foods. The end of the book contains the recipe for the noodle and chicken dish called Pancit. I loved the pictures. They were fun, but realistic enough that they made me hungry.… (more)
LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
"Cora loved the kitchen. She loved to drink in the smells of Mama's Filipino dishes." And one day, when her older sisters and brother are out, Cora gets her chance to help Mama with the cooking - to really help her. No more baby tasks like licking the spoon! Cora and Mama are making pancit - a Filipino noodle dish - and Cora gets to shred the chicken, and stir the noodles. But will her family appreciate the results...?

With adorable, warm-toned illustrations by Krista Valiant, this engaging story of a little girl and her mother cooking together really comes alive! Infused with a sense of family warmth, Cora Cooks Pancit also offers young readers a glimpse of Filipino culture, and the history of Filipinos in America. A recipe for pancit is even included at the back! Highly recommended for all young readers, particularly those who like to help out in the kitchen!
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LibraryThing member kkadal1
I enjoyed “Cora Cooks Pancit”, the central message of which was that a mother and daughter can bond by sharing in a family tradition. I liked the book for its engaging and well-paced writing, which made me feel as though I was a part of the story. I also liked this story for its believable characters, who reminded me of my own family members and the times we have shared together cooking Filipino dishes. Additionally, I liked the book’s plot, which told the story of a mother and her daughter bonding by sharing in one of their cultural practices. It reminded me of times during which my own mother and I have enjoyed and learned about our Filipino heritage together. Finally, I liked the story’s realistic illustrations, which I felt enhanced the story by depicting the steps Cora and her mother went through to cook the pancit. Overall, this is certainly a book that I would like to have in my classroom library. I feel that it is a good multicultural book to have on hand in order for young readers to learn about a culture and its practices which differ from their own.… (more)
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
This is *wonderful.* I adore the illustrations, the body language, the facial expressions, the variety of physical perspectives. Not to mention the warm colors and the way the love shines from every page. And the little dog is adorable! I know a lot of children's books would have been improved if Valiant had illustrated them.
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LibraryThing member Salsabrarian
Cora loves being in the kitchen but is too young to do any of the real tasks of cooking. One day when her older siiblings are out of the house, Cora asks her Mama to teach her how to make pancit. The story describes a warm mother/daughter time spent together and Cora beams with pride when the family later deems her first pancit as good as Lolo's (grandfather). There are so few children's books about Filipino life and culture so this is a highly welcome and delightful entry.… (more)


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