Food, Read Your World

Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao By Kat Zhang

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Back of Book: 

Amy loves to make bao with her family. But it takes skill to make the bao taste and look delicious. And her bao keeps coming out all wrong. Then she has an idea that may give her a second chance…Will Amy ever make the perfect bao?

My Review:

I received a copy of this picture book from Simon and Schuster books in exchange for an honest review. 

Debut author Kat Zhang has crafted a fantastic book that showcases Amy’s relicense in creating the perfect bao. The story follows a young girl named Amy as she tries to make the perfect sized bao. Sometimes they have too much filling and sometimes not enough. Amy knows that with enough practice she may reach her goal. Sadly, nothing she tries is working the way it should. Just when she is ready to give up, Amy comes up with the perfect solution to her problem. 

I love that this story focuses on the tradition of family coming together and cooking their favorite dish. I also loved that Amy brings bao to her school and shares it with her classroom. The illustrations by Charlene Chua are bright and give readers a good look at how bao is made. I love the adorable kitty that makes an appearance on each page. I was very excited to see a recipe in the back of the book on how to make Amy’s bao. 

I plan on using this story to begin my writer’s workshop with my students on how to write step by step instructions. This is a wonderful and creative picture book. 

Ages 5 and up

40 Pages 

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