First Book of Sushi

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Overview

For the littlest fans of that favorite Japanese finger food comes a sturdy board book sure to inspire giggles (and even some growling stomachs!). Sanger's mixed media and cut-paper collages are an ideal accompaniment to her bouncy rhyming text sure to captivate even the most finicky eaters. Whether a temaki know-it-all or clueless about ebi, FIRST BOOK OF SUSHI is a welcome side-dish for nori experts and novices of all ages.
 

 

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Overview

For the littlest fans of that favorite Japanese finger food comes a sturdy board book sure to inspire giggles (and even some growling stomachs!). Sanger's mixed media and cut-paper collages are an ideal accompaniment to her bouncy rhyming text sure to captivate even the most finicky eaters. Whether a temaki know-it-all or clueless about ebi, FIRST BOOK OF SUSHI is a welcome side-dish for nori experts and novices of all ages.
 

 

Illustrations and rhyming text introduce a variety of Japanese foods.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Inform and charm eaters big and small.”
St. Petersburg Times

“Charming,” “user-friendly,” and “stimulating.”
Ruminator Review

Publishers Weekly
Tricycle Press kicks off a new series called World Snacks with First Book of Sushi by Amy Wilson Sanger. A simple rhyming text demonstrates the different kinds of sushi children can eat: "I'll take yellowtail hamachi/ and a red maguro slice./ Big, BIG futomaki/ has so many grains of rice!" A pronunciation guide would have been helpful for novice diners, but the bright collage illustrations help to identify the menu items. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
For those who enjoy sushi and who may wish to share that enjoyment with little ones, this board book fits the bill. However, it may challenge those unfamiliar with the words and ingredients. The illustrations are a delight, but kids may have trouble identifying a particular item. This board book really has more adult than child appeal, unless you are in a household that consumes lots of sushi. Tricycle Press, $6.95. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-A title for the trendy toddler set that starts out with tekka maki and ends with tobiko, flying fish roe, introducing other sushi in between. The text is rhythmic ("Miso in my sippy cup, tofu in my bowl. Crab and avocado fill my California roll"), and the textured, collage illustrations predominantly in red, black, yellow, and white are striking and vibrant. However, the subject matter and language will be too sophisticated for the intended audience. Japanese words such as hamachi, maguro, and futomaki fill the pages. The board-book format will discourage older readers, although adults may find the book amusing. The last line of text appears on the back of the book, which will lead to processing problems for libraries. This original idea doesn't cut the wasabi.-DeAnn Tabuchi, San Anselmo Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582460505
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: BOARD
  • Pages: 20
  • Sales rank: 195,457
  • Age range: 3 months - 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 6.42 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

AMY WILSON SANGER is the creator of the Tricycle's best-selling World Snacks series for toddlers. She lives with her family in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
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Read an Excerpt

I see take-out tekka maki,
kappa maki packed to go.

Temaki-style hand roll with uni urchin roe.

Miso in my sippy cup,
tofu in my bowl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2006

    preschool cool

    I love that the author brings traditional ethnic foods to a preschool appropriate book. I use all 6 of her books in our 'mulitcultural' theme and we try some foods from each. I can't tell you how the children of each ethnic backgroud light up to see familiar foods in our book and on our menu!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2005

    fun for all

    I was so delighted when I read this title that I now give it to every friend who has a baby. Everyone loves it! The parents like the unusual illustrations, and the little ones love the sound of the strange words. Whether they know sushi or not, all delight in this trip into something new.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2003

    hysterical culinary silliness

    My children love this book. The graphics and layout are bold and colorful, and utterly imaginative. Even though my 3-year-old does not understand Japanese and won't touch sushi, she adores this book for its rhythms and seemingly silly words. This is one of her absolute favorites, and she can recite the whole book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2003

    Hotter than wasabi, cooler than pickled ginger

    Like the book says, "Someday I'll eat with chopsticks / But today just with my hands." Why should the preschool set be limited to hardened paper stock books with colors, shapes, letters, numbers and animal. Future Foodies need books like this. The graphics are bold and bright, and the rhymes are fun. With "miso in my sippy cup / tofu in my bowl", this book on your cribs will make for tickled ribs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2001

    the best kids' book in a long time!!!!

    the author has a great eye for color, and a great ear for rhythm....kids will love looking at the pages and will love hearing the words read out loud. lots of fun!

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