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Lili loves to cook baos, and Nai Nai has taught her all the secrets to making them, from kneading the dough lovingly and firmly to being thankful for the strong and healthy ingredients in the filling. But when Nai Nai realizes that they are out of cabbage (Secret #8: line the basket with cabbage leaves!), she sends Lili up to Babcia’s apartment on the sixth floor to get so Lili loves to cook baos, and Nai Nai has taught her all the secrets to making them, from kneading the dough lovingly and firmly to being thankful for the strong and healthy ingredients in the filling. But when Nai Nai realizes that they are out of cabbage (Secret #8: line the basket with cabbage leaves!), she sends Lili up to Babcia’s apartment on the sixth floor to get some. Babcia is happy to share her cabbage, but she needs some potatoes for her pierogi. . . . What follows is a race up and down the stairs as Lili helps all the grandmothers in her building borrow ingredients for different dumplings: Jamaican beef patties, Italian ravioli, Lebanese fatayer, and more. Energized by Melissa Iwai’s engaging artwork and kinetic storytelling, Dumplings for Lili is a joyful story of sharing food, friendship, and love in all their forms.


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Lili loves to cook baos, and Nai Nai has taught her all the secrets to making them, from kneading the dough lovingly and firmly to being thankful for the strong and healthy ingredients in the filling. But when Nai Nai realizes that they are out of cabbage (Secret #8: line the basket with cabbage leaves!), she sends Lili up to Babcia’s apartment on the sixth floor to get so Lili loves to cook baos, and Nai Nai has taught her all the secrets to making them, from kneading the dough lovingly and firmly to being thankful for the strong and healthy ingredients in the filling. But when Nai Nai realizes that they are out of cabbage (Secret #8: line the basket with cabbage leaves!), she sends Lili up to Babcia’s apartment on the sixth floor to get some. Babcia is happy to share her cabbage, but she needs some potatoes for her pierogi. . . . What follows is a race up and down the stairs as Lili helps all the grandmothers in her building borrow ingredients for different dumplings: Jamaican beef patties, Italian ravioli, Lebanese fatayer, and more. Energized by Melissa Iwai’s engaging artwork and kinetic storytelling, Dumplings for Lili is a joyful story of sharing food, friendship, and love in all their forms.

30 review for Dumplings for Lili

  1. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Ohi

    A delicious story about embracing different cultures through food and friendship. This comfort book lifted me up, gave me hope. Also, it made me hungry!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Roben

    What a delightful story! Lili's Nai Nai asks if she wants to help make bao - a type of Chinese dumpling. Lili LOVES bao. She walks us carefully through the recipe but - Zao Gao (oh no!) - they don't have any cabbage to line the steamer! So Lili goes off in search of cabbage. The elevator in their apartment house is broken so Lili and her dog, Kiki, rush up and down the stairs connecting neighbors with the ingredients they need for their cooking. It turns out that everyone is making dumplings fro What a delightful story! Lili's Nai Nai asks if she wants to help make bao - a type of Chinese dumpling. Lili LOVES bao. She walks us carefully through the recipe but - Zao Gao (oh no!) - they don't have any cabbage to line the steamer! So Lili goes off in search of cabbage. The elevator in their apartment house is broken so Lili and her dog, Kiki, rush up and down the stairs connecting neighbors with the ingredients they need for their cooking. It turns out that everyone is making dumplings from their own country. Who knew there were so many yummy dumplings? And what are all those dumplings for, anyway? A celebration, maybe? A great look at how food can bring us together, the recipe for bao is included at the end of the book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lysh

    *Thank you to NetGalley and W.W. Norton & Company for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Please note that I am not an own voices reviewer and it is important to read and respond to members of these communities first and foremost* What a beautiful celebration of multiculturalism and community through the simple dumpling. Lili is staying with her Nai Nai (grandmother) and is very excited because she gets to make Bao Buns! But one of the secrets to Nai Nai's perfect *Thank you to NetGalley and W.W. Norton & Company for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Please note that I am not an own voices reviewer and it is important to read and respond to members of these communities first and foremost* What a beautiful celebration of multiculturalism and community through the simple dumpling. Lili is staying with her Nai Nai (grandmother) and is very excited because she gets to make Bao Buns! But one of the secrets to Nai Nai's perfect Baos is lining the steamer with cabbage, and she is out of cabbage. Lili must run to the other grandmothers in the building to borrow some Cabbage for their meal, helping each with their own dumpling creations along the way. I adored the beauty of the illustrations in this text and the simple noting of each grandma's name in their native language to let the reader know their cultural identities. The cultures represented include polish, latina, BIPOC, Italian, Lebanese and Chinese.  There's also a full recipe included at the end of the books so you can make Nai Nai's special Bao Buns yourself. I can see this text easily being used in lower primary classrooms to stimulate conversation about community and support the wide range of cultures present amongst the students themselves. Civics and Citizenship units would benefit from the addition of this text. I recommend this book to children aged 4-7.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Lili's grandmother is making dumplings with her. But she is out of cabbage, so Lili goes to one of the other grandmothers to see if she can borrow some, and like most progressive stories, such as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, one action leads to another, and she has to go find other missing ingredients for each grandmother from a multinational apartment building where grandmothers are making tamales on one floor, and ravioli on another. At the end of the book, they bring all the different dumplin Lili's grandmother is making dumplings with her. But she is out of cabbage, so Lili goes to one of the other grandmothers to see if she can borrow some, and like most progressive stories, such as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, one action leads to another, and she has to go find other missing ingredients for each grandmother from a multinational apartment building where grandmothers are making tamales on one floor, and ravioli on another. At the end of the book, they bring all the different dumpling like things down for a celebration. And in the last pages, we get the dumpling recipe as well. This is such a cute book, introducing children to the different types of pastries with fillings that are so familiar all over the world. we get Fatayer, Beef Patty, Tamale, Pierogi, and Baos. So, we not only learn the names of all the dishes, we learn all the names of grandmother if different countries, as well as important ingredients to each dish, from garlic to potatoes, to cumin. I think kids will enjoy this, especially because they can attempt to make the Bao after reading about them. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    When Lili’s Nai Nai asks her to help make baos, Lili is thrilled. After all, baos are her favorite! She even knows all of the secrets of making the best baos from letting the ingredients make friends to shaking the wok just enough to coaxing the filling into the center of the dough and wrapping it snugly. The final secret is to line the basket with cabbage leaves before steaming them, but Nai Nai discovers that they are out of cabbage. She send Lili to the 6th floor to ask Babcia to lend them so When Lili’s Nai Nai asks her to help make baos, Lili is thrilled. After all, baos are her favorite! She even knows all of the secrets of making the best baos from letting the ingredients make friends to shaking the wok just enough to coaxing the filling into the center of the dough and wrapping it snugly. The final secret is to line the basket with cabbage leaves before steaming them, but Nai Nai discovers that they are out of cabbage. She send Lili to the 6th floor to ask Babcia to lend them some. The elevator is broken, so she and Kiki, her dog, have to take the stairs up five flights. Once there, Babcia has cabbage but needs some potatoes. She asks Lili to see if Granma on 2nd floor has any. Soon Lili is running up and down the stairs to bring all of the grandmothers in the building the ingredients they need. She is finally able to head back to her Nai Nai with the cabbage leaves. The day ends with all of the grandmothers bringing their delicious food to the table. There are pierogi, beef patties, tamales, ravioli, fatayer and of course, baos! There is one last dumpling to come to the table too as a grand surprise. Set in a 6-story apartment building, this picture book celebrates the shared joy of cooking and how food brings us together. The story includes details of Nai Nai’s secrets for the perfect baos and then quickly changes to become a dash from one grandmother to another to get them their ingredients. Each grandmother talks about what they are going to cook and then uses a native expression of exasperation that they are out of an ingredient. It’s a lovely and fast-paced look at a diverse community in a single building. The illustrations are bright and warm. Each grandmother’s apartment has touches that show their culture, including masks on a wall, plates on a shelf, woven rugs, and tiles. While each grandmother has a unique apartment, the book works visually as a whole too. Celebrate diversity and community in this picture book that is sure to make you hungry. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

  6. 4 out of 5

    April Gray

    A really sweet story that will make you hungry! Lili is at her grandmother's apartment, helping her make dumplings, or bao. The way the steps for making the bao are explained is adorable, such as letting the dough take a catnap somewhere warm while making the filling. When the bao are all ready, Nai Nai realizes they have no cabbage leaves to line the steamer basket with, and she sends Lili to a neighbor's apartment on another floor to ask for some cabbage. The elevator is out of order, so Lili A really sweet story that will make you hungry! Lili is at her grandmother's apartment, helping her make dumplings, or bao. The way the steps for making the bao are explained is adorable, such as letting the dough take a catnap somewhere warm while making the filling. When the bao are all ready, Nai Nai realizes they have no cabbage leaves to line the steamer basket with, and she sends Lili to a neighbor's apartment on another floor to ask for some cabbage. The elevator is out of order, so Lili takes the stairs. She's able to get the cabbage, but the neighbor needs potatoes for her dumplings, and asks Lili to check with another neighbor. This scenario repeats through five different neighbors from different cultures making five different kinds of dumplings, until finally, poor tired Lili, who's been running up and down the stairs all this time, can get back to her Nai Nai to finish their dumplings. At the end, everyone meets outside to have a dumpling party, and we learn why Lili was at her grandmother's- she has a new baby brother! The story teaches children about foods from different cultures that are similar but unique, and how food is a way for all cultures to come together and celebrate. Following the story, we get Nai Nai recipe for pork bao, which I can't wait to try! The art is colorful and bright, with lots of detail- I especially enjoyed the endpapers, which show the different dumplings in the story. A fun, inclusive book, sure to be enjoyed! #DumplingsforLili #NetGalley

  7. 5 out of 5

    Saika

    🥟🥟🥟🥟🥟 5 delicious dumplings I loved this for many reasons. This is a book about bringing people together through food and celebrating cultural tradition and heritage. I love this theme almost as much as I love food, so of course I'd already be a goner from the get go. That this book features a variety of cultures and each one's version of a dumpling (the new little baby brother being Lili's favorite dumpling at the end... I cried actual tears) made me and my stomach weep. Iwai brings the themes of 🥟🥟🥟🥟🥟 5 delicious dumplings I loved this for many reasons. This is a book about bringing people together through food and celebrating cultural tradition and heritage. I love this theme almost as much as I love food, so of course I'd already be a goner from the get go. That this book features a variety of cultures and each one's version of a dumpling (the new little baby brother being Lili's favorite dumpling at the end... I cried actual tears) made me and my stomach weep. Iwai brings the themes of family, community and inheriting tradition while also appreciating others' with the beautiful colors she's used in her illustrations. I found the shades of greens, pinks, yellows and blues really added to the warmth and loving atmosphere. I honestly felt like I was in 3rd grade again, getting ready to help my Nainai in the kitchen. This book made me miss both my Amma and my adoptive Nainai - the first who I lost as a child and the second only a year ago. :( I'll definitely be acquiring a copy of this for my niece and any other children in my family. 10/10, would highly recommend! Big thanks to the publisher who gave me an eARC via Edelweiss+. Blog | Twitter | Tumblr

  8. 4 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    Dumplings for Lili by Melissa Iwai is a lovely picture book! Lili is over the moon when Nai Nai asks her to make baos. There are secrets to making baos though, so pay attention when reading this book! The secrets in this book make me smile, and also show me the incredible journey of making a bao (which I had previously seen in the Disney-Pixar short Bao, but who doesn't want to learn more?!). This is a must read on my list! It's a fun tale about family and cooking. Who doesn't want a story about Dumplings for Lili by Melissa Iwai is a lovely picture book! Lili is over the moon when Nai Nai asks her to make baos. There are secrets to making baos though, so pay attention when reading this book! The secrets in this book make me smile, and also show me the incredible journey of making a bao (which I had previously seen in the Disney-Pixar short Bao, but who doesn't want to learn more?!). This is a must read on my list! It's a fun tale about family and cooking. Who doesn't want a story about bringing people together?! And learning different foods from different cultures is probably the best bonus this book can offer. Learning is fun folks! The illustrations are also fabulous! I enjoy so many different styles in picture books these days. I love how different everything has gotten. No one seems to follow one distinct look anymore - it's great! Four out of five stars. Thank you to NetGalley, W. W. Norton & Company and Norton Young Readers for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    michelle

    The story in some ways reminded me of Chik Chak Shabbat, a book I reviewed years ago. It is a story that is contained in one apartment building where each floor houses someone of a different cultural background. In this story, Lili is at her Nai Nai's house making boas, a personal favorite. They take us step by step until step #7 where Nai Nai realizes that they are out of the cabbage needed to steam them. She sends Lili up to the 6th floor to see if Babcia has some. Babcia gives her the cabbage The story in some ways reminded me of Chik Chak Shabbat, a book I reviewed years ago. It is a story that is contained in one apartment building where each floor houses someone of a different cultural background. In this story, Lili is at her Nai Nai's house making boas, a personal favorite. They take us step by step until step #7 where Nai Nai realizes that they are out of the cabbage needed to steam them. She sends Lili up to the 6th floor to see if Babcia has some. Babcia gives her the cabbage and then sends her to Granma on the 2nd floor for potatoes. The story continues until she has gone up and down the stairs multiple times (elevator is broken) and run errands for everyone as they are making special foods. Later, they all come together in the garden to share a delicious meal. I adore books like this. Books that allow us to preserve our own cultures and share in everyone else's. I also love books about food. There is also a recipe for bao in the back that I might have to try with a vegetarian version.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from Norton Young Readers through Edelweiss+. Lili and her grandmother are making Baos. Lily shows readers the steps to make these delicious dumplings but when they get ready to steam them - no cabbage leaves. Lily's grandmother sends her on a mission to borrow a cabbage from one of the other grandmothers in the building. This begins quite the adventure as Lily goes from floor to floor getting ingredients for each person. Readers will appreciate the humor as she has t I received an electronic ARC from Norton Young Readers through Edelweiss+. Lili and her grandmother are making Baos. Lily shows readers the steps to make these delicious dumplings but when they get ready to steam them - no cabbage leaves. Lily's grandmother sends her on a mission to borrow a cabbage from one of the other grandmothers in the building. This begins quite the adventure as Lily goes from floor to floor getting ingredients for each person. Readers will appreciate the humor as she has to go up and down the stairs in the six story building. In the end, all of the dumpling styles are cooked and a dinner party is held in the backyard. The final "dumpling" is Lily's new baby brother just home from the hospital. Iwai captures the various cultures through her descriptions and the brightly colored, highly detailed illustrations. Readers will find themselves relating to at least one of the cultures shown. The recipe for Baos is included at the end of the story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Margie

    Last evening a character, a grandfather, in a story was complaining repeatedly about getting old. He did not have one good word to say. Everything was wrong about adding years to your life. By the time the adventure he, his lifelong friend, his grandson and his grandson's friends shared was coming to an end, he remarked to his grandson about the grave error in his previous thinking. He realized getting old was a gift. It is one of the best gifts of all best gifts. This change in perspective which Last evening a character, a grandfather, in a story was complaining repeatedly about getting old. He did not have one good word to say. Everything was wrong about adding years to your life. By the time the adventure he, his lifelong friend, his grandson and his grandson's friends shared was coming to an end, he remarked to his grandson about the grave error in his previous thinking. He realized getting old was a gift. It is one of the best gifts of all best gifts. This change in perspective which many elders hold dear and live as a truth allows them to relish their neighbors, friends, and family. For many of them, this joy is expressed in the art of cooking. Dumplings for Lili (Norton Young Readers, an imprint of W. W. Norton & Company, June 1, 2021) written and illustrated by Melissa Iwai is a story of one granddaughter, many grandmothers, and the search for specific ingredients. Which dumpling is the best? For the full recommendation: https://librariansquest.blogspot.com/...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    A cute book that teaches children about different foods and languages. When Lili is cooking baos with her Nai Nai and in the recipe for baos in the back of the book, "secrets" are included in the directions to make it more fun for kids. There are also silly cooking descriptions such as letting the ingredients "make friends" and letting the dough "take a "catnap." As Lili visits all the grandmothers in her grandmother's building, words and phrases that mean "hello," "grandmother," "oh no," and "d A cute book that teaches children about different foods and languages. When Lili is cooking baos with her Nai Nai and in the recipe for baos in the back of the book, "secrets" are included in the directions to make it more fun for kids. There are also silly cooking descriptions such as letting the ingredients "make friends" and letting the dough "take a "catnap." As Lili visits all the grandmothers in her grandmother's building, words and phrases that mean "hello," "grandmother," "oh no," and "dumpling" are introduced in a variety of languages such as Polish and Arabic. I also enjoyed the map at the end of the book that showed Lili's travels up and down the stairs and what kind of dumplings each grandmother was making and what ingredient they were missing. The ending is sweet, as we find out why Lili has been spending time at her Nai Nai's house.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    Cute story! I love the idea of so many different dumplings in so many different cultures being made in one apartment complex. Lili is kept busy running from floor to floor aiding her neighbors in making their dumplings when each neighbor discovers they are lacking one ingredient. All's well that end's well when all the dumplings are finished and a fine meal is had by all! I loved the illustrations of poor Lili and her dog running up and down five floors (elevator is out of order!) to borrow ingr Cute story! I love the idea of so many different dumplings in so many different cultures being made in one apartment complex. Lili is kept busy running from floor to floor aiding her neighbors in making their dumplings when each neighbor discovers they are lacking one ingredient. All's well that end's well when all the dumplings are finished and a fine meal is had by all! I loved the illustrations of poor Lili and her dog running up and down five floors (elevator is out of order!) to borrow ingredients from the various inhabitants of the building. Each illustration shows a part of their culture as well. It's a nice multicultural story, kids will enjoy. Ethnic kids will identify, others will be be envious! I received a Kindle arc from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Regina

    Lili and her Nai Nai (Mandarin for grandmother) wanted to make some baos, but they needed one more ingredient before they could steam their baos. Thus begin Lili's journey all up and down her apartment building finding ingredients to help the grandmothers in the building make different kinds of dumplings (LOVE the nods to different cultures here, with the different languages and types of dumplings like fatayeh and ravioli!) I could definitely see how this book could be such a great vehicle for yo Lili and her Nai Nai (Mandarin for grandmother) wanted to make some baos, but they needed one more ingredient before they could steam their baos. Thus begin Lili's journey all up and down her apartment building finding ingredients to help the grandmothers in the building make different kinds of dumplings (LOVE the nods to different cultures here, with the different languages and types of dumplings like fatayeh and ravioli!) I could definitely see how this book could be such a great vehicle for young kids to learn about different cultures through food, and how we live in a rich multicultural society. Perhaps we could even make some baos after that! :) I received the ARC from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joy Z

    I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. What a sweet story, about different cultures and different grandmas, essentially making the same food, whether its called bao, patty or tamale. The building is of neighborly love, where all the neighbors are wiling to lend out different ingredients to make food, and then have a big potluck together. It's a good book to read with my daughter, to show her people of different culture and backgrounds, enjoying the I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. What a sweet story, about different cultures and different grandmas, essentially making the same food, whether its called bao, patty or tamale. The building is of neighborly love, where all the neighbors are wiling to lend out different ingredients to make food, and then have a big potluck together. It's a good book to read with my daughter, to show her people of different culture and backgrounds, enjoying the same type of food, and sharing the love through eating together.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa the Librarian

    I have loved Melissa Iwai's other two books, Soup Day and Pizza Day, and this new title didn't disappoint. I love how Iwai pulls in different cultures and their interpretations of the dumpling, and how each grandmother bears a traditional name (Abuela, Teta, Nai Nai, etc.). The big dumpling reveal at the end was sweet too. I like how the story grew and the chart at the end mapping Lili's adventures. This book would work for a preschool food storytime. Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy in exchan I have loved Melissa Iwai's other two books, Soup Day and Pizza Day, and this new title didn't disappoint. I love how Iwai pulls in different cultures and their interpretations of the dumpling, and how each grandmother bears a traditional name (Abuela, Teta, Nai Nai, etc.). The big dumpling reveal at the end was sweet too. I like how the story grew and the chart at the end mapping Lili's adventures. This book would work for a preschool food storytime. Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Great Books

    Dumplings for Lili was an adorable book! When cooking dumplings with her Nai Nai, Lili learns that they are out of cabbage leaves. Nai Nai asks her to get them from a neighbor in the apartment building. When she gets the cabbage from the neighbor, her neighbor is missing an ingredient for her meal as well! Lili runs up and down the stairs, from neighbor to neighbor fetching all of the ingredients for them to cook their meals. A delightful book about cooking and community, it is sure to make you Dumplings for Lili was an adorable book! When cooking dumplings with her Nai Nai, Lili learns that they are out of cabbage leaves. Nai Nai asks her to get them from a neighbor in the apartment building. When she gets the cabbage from the neighbor, her neighbor is missing an ingredient for her meal as well! Lili runs up and down the stairs, from neighbor to neighbor fetching all of the ingredients for them to cook their meals. A delightful book about cooking and community, it is sure to make you hungry for your favorite meals!! Reviewer 18

  18. 5 out of 5

    Krissy Neddo

    Celebrate Grandparent's day and National Dumpling Day in September with this read aloud. Everyone has a tradition of dumplings in their family history. The additions to this book make it a winner- endpapers with names and drawings of all the dumplings, the illustrations showing detailed glimpses of each grandmother's kitchen, the perspective of the stairwell, the map and chart of Lili's travels, the surprise ending and full detailed recipe at the end. Just wish it had a pronunciation/definition Celebrate Grandparent's day and National Dumpling Day in September with this read aloud. Everyone has a tradition of dumplings in their family history. The additions to this book make it a winner- endpapers with names and drawings of all the dumplings, the illustrations showing detailed glimpses of each grandmother's kitchen, the perspective of the stairwell, the map and chart of Lili's travels, the surprise ending and full detailed recipe at the end. Just wish it had a pronunciation/definition guide to I could get all the grandma's "curse" words correct.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    What a fun picture book about cooking and sharing amongst neighbors. A young child is making baos with Nai Nai. When they are missing an ingredient the child is sent throughout the building, meeting all the grandmother. We learn about different food from different cultures. The illustrations are beautiful and the back of the book has a recipe for baos. Pair this with Thank You Omu by Oge Mora for storytime. (Read a digital ARC on Netgalley.)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    Delightfully illustrated, filled with color and culture, this one's a lot of fun. Many different food traditions make a type of dumpling--and each one needs a little help from Lili to make the recipes shine. Veg*n families note: A couple of references to beef in the text. The recipe for bao at the book's conclusion calls for ground meat, but veg families can easily substitute this with the many plant-based grounds on the market today. Delightfully illustrated, filled with color and culture, this one's a lot of fun. Many different food traditions make a type of dumpling--and each one needs a little help from Lili to make the recipes shine. Veg*n families note: A couple of references to beef in the text. The recipe for bao at the book's conclusion calls for ground meat, but veg families can easily substitute this with the many plant-based grounds on the market today.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Families with all sorts of traditions live in an apartment building, sharing food and building a community. It reminded me of "Thank you, Omu!" or even "Say Hello" by Rachel Isadora. Read this multiple times, discussing where each of the grandmas comes from, and what food they're making tastes like, and even do the math of how many times Lili goes up and down the stairs. The recipe for bao is in the back, so take that as a starting point and make all of the delicious dishes to try. Families with all sorts of traditions live in an apartment building, sharing food and building a community. It reminded me of "Thank you, Omu!" or even "Say Hello" by Rachel Isadora. Read this multiple times, discussing where each of the grandmas comes from, and what food they're making tastes like, and even do the math of how many times Lili goes up and down the stairs. The recipe for bao is in the back, so take that as a starting point and make all of the delicious dishes to try.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Dang

    A adorable story about a girl and her journey to making dumplings with her grandma! Filled with adorable artwork and instructions on how to make the dumplings this is a great read for kids! (Plus it might inspire them to want to make some dumplings themselves)! *Thanks Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review*

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elif

    I was drooling all over while reading this book, and all I can think now is dumplings! Such a fun and heartwarming story. We need more books and definitely more buildings like the one in this story. The illustrations and the colour palette is exceptional; I want to look at them now and again cause they make me so happy. This will make an adorable gift for all children! Amazing book!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bookish

    A delightful introduction to delicious wrapped foods from various cultures. An apartment building full of cooking grandmothers -- what a dream! With exciting action verbs as Lili tromps up and down the stairs retrieving ingredients from one culturally-specific apartment and delivering them to another, this community-minded picture book will leave readers smiling but hungry. Cha!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Ivy

    Boy, dumplings are a lot of work! Lili hits the stairs of her apartment building time and again to help all the grandmothers share ingredients and make their ethnic variety of dumplings - baos, pierogi, beef patties, ravioli, and fatayer. I love the reason for the dumpling party! Recipe for Nainai's baos is included in the back matter. Boy, dumplings are a lot of work! Lili hits the stairs of her apartment building time and again to help all the grandmothers share ingredients and make their ethnic variety of dumplings - baos, pierogi, beef patties, ravioli, and fatayer. I love the reason for the dumpling party! Recipe for Nainai's baos is included in the back matter.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Erin Berry Salazar

    What a fun book! Multigenerational families living in the same building all accept each other and their own beliefs and traditions. Remembering how neighborly our community was growing up and borrowing something from a neighbor was a regular occurrence, I smiled as the neighbors all readily jumped at the chance to help one another. Recipes included for an added fun feature!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Critterbee❇

    Cute, colorful story about a girl making dumplings with her Grandmother, and visiting all of the Grandmothers in the building to share the ingredients that they all need to make their own version of dumplings.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emilee (emileereadsbooks)

    Thanks to Netgalley and W.W. Norton & Company, Norton Young Readers for a free digital copy to review. A wonderful story of community coming around food regardless of culture. I loved how Lili interacted with all the women in her building and how they all come together to celebrate a new life.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dabarai

    I loved this book! It is a charming story of different grandmas living in a block of flats who need help with cooking their favourite dumplings: tamales, pierogi, bao, patties... A lovely way to introduce a child to variety of cuisines and cultures. Plus - lovely illustrations by the author.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Suzy

    I loved this book! The illustrations are fun and made me hungry! I loved how she interacted with her neighbors and they all came together for a wonderful meal! Beautiful book with lovely recipe. Thanks NetGalley for this ARC!

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