Our Little Kitchen

Our Little Kitchen

by Jillian Tamaki
Our Little Kitchen

Our Little Kitchen

by Jillian Tamaki


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Our Little Kitchen is a lively celebration of food and community from Caldecott honoree Jillian Tamaki. This rousing picture book tells the story of a crew of resourceful neighbors who come together to prepare a meal for their community.

Eisner Award Winner for Best Publication for Early Readers

“Visually brilliant. . . . Convey[s] the power of thrift, collective action, and community-building.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Tie on your apron! Roll up your sleeves! Pans are out, oven is hot, the kitchen’s all ready! Where do we start?

With a garden abundant with produce, a joyfully chaotic kitchen, and a friendly meal shared at the table, Our Little Kitchen is a celebration of full bellies and looking out for one another.

You can almost smell the veggies on the stove! Ingredients and steps for making vegetable soup precede a swirl of steam that leads into an introduction to a small community kitchen. Here a diverse group of friends, family, and neighbors unite to prep the meal with “what we’ve got, what we’ve grown, what we’ve kept, been given, and bought!”

The group prepares soup, chili, apple crumble, salad, warm bread, and more. The sounds of the kitchen “sizzle, chop, glug, slice, peel, trim, toss, splash, squish.” Helpers serve as neighbors wait and anticipate the joy of sharing in a time of need.

The book’s bright, full-color illustrations, speech bubbles, simple words, varying perspectives, and exciting action encourage young readers to jump from page to page.

Bonus materials include recipes and an author’s note about the volunteering experience that inspired the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419746550
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/22/2020
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 260,041
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator, author, and comics artist living in Toronto, Ontario. She is the cocreator, with her cousin Mariko Tamaki, of the young adult graphic novel This One Summer, which won a Caldecott Honor in 2015. She makes books and comics for people of all ages, including They Say Blue, a picture book about looking and thinking.
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