Bee Bim Bop! – Building a Multi-Ethnic Children’s Library

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Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park.  

Bee-Bim Bop! is so cute.  The rhymes are fun and rhytmic, and Ho Baek Lee’s illustrations are sweet and playful.

The book tells the story of a child and mother preparing bee-bim bop, or bibim bop  a Korean dish of rice and toppings.  At the end of the book Park includes a recipe for bee-bim bop with the instructions broken down for what a child can do and what the adult should do.   This would be an excellent book to include in a unit on food or cooking.  I recommend Bee-Bim Bop! for home or classroom libraries.

I’ve read two other books by Linda Sue Park, Archer’s Quest and A Single Shard (Newbery Medal Book); but Bee-Bim Bop! is Park’s first picture book that I have read, and after visiting her web page I realize I have a lot of catching up to do, she has at least fifteen other books that I have not read yet ( a mix of novels and picture books).  Archer’s Quest tells the story of a young Korean American boy in America who meets an ancient Korean leader.  A Single Shard tells the story of an orphan in 12th Century Korea who desperately wants to learn pottery.

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Bee-bim bop Photo credit: sotheavy Creative Commons

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