Paperback Shen's Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, Inc., 2009
Price: USD 10.46
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Dewey: -E-; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 3.0
AR 3.1 LG .5 135855EN; F&P M


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

From the Publisher
Cora loves being in the kitchen, but she always gets stuck doing the kid jobs like licking the spoon. One day, however, when her older sisters and brother head out, Cora finally gets the chance to be Mama's assistant chef. And of all the delicious Filipino dishes that dance through Cora's head, she and Mama decide to make pancit, her favorite noodle dish.

With Mama's help, Cora does the grown-up jobs like shredding the chicken and soaking the noodles (perhaps Mama won't notice if she takes a nibble of chicken or sloshes a little water on the floor). Cora even gets to stir the noodles in the pot—carefully-- while Mama supervises. When dinner is finally served, her siblings find out that Cora did all their grown-up tasks, and Cora waits anxiously to see what everyone thinks of her cooking.

Dorina Lazo Gilmore's text delightfully captures the warmth between mother and daughter as they share a piece of their Filipino heritage. With bright and charming illustrations by Kristi Valiant, Cora's family comes alive as Cora herself becomes the family's newest little chef.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Shen's Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2014
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
  • Tracings: Valiant, Kristi, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-885008-48-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-885008-48-0
  • Follett Number: 0844ZQ1
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 3.0
  • ATOS Book Level: 3.1
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 135855EN
  • Fountas & Pinnell: M

Reviews & Awards
  • Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Award, 2010
  • Horn Book Magazine, 04/01/10
  • Multicultural Review, 01/01/10
  • School Library Journal, 11/01/09
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10

Full-Text Reviews
Horn Book Guide (Spring 2010)
When her siblings are busy, Cora, the youngest, finally gets to help her mother prepare pancit, her favorite Filipino food. Cora even performs "the grown-up jobs like shredding the chicken," and she learns about her Filipino grandfather's cooking skills. Warm, realistic illustrations convey Cora's pride and tell a second story of a terrier eager to play with the too-busy young cook. Recipe included. Glos.

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