Yum Yum Dim Sum

Yum Yum Dim Sum

Children’s books about Chinese culture are always so much fun to read. The illustrations are typically pretty cute, and the introductory information is always simple to understand. For westerners, things like octopus or squid flavored treats or juices sound pretty crazy; but when it’s presented in such a friendly format, we can all get a “taste” of the culture.

Yum Yum Dim Sum is such a book. Written by Amy Wilson Sanger, it is in a series of books about food from around the world. Dim Sum, a traditional Chinese meal of lots of small dishes of foods, is delicious; if you haven’t tried it, you definitely should. We went to Dim Sum on New Year’s Day when we lived in San Francisco and, while expensive, it was definitely one of the most delicious things we ate while in the city.

Traditional Dim Sum dishes are portrayed in the book such as dumplings and sticky rice. Yummy pork buns and other meat dishes are included as well. Oolong tea is another concept kids are introduced to. A glossary of these and many other terms is included too, which is helpful when trying to ascertain the meanings of all of these unfamiliar words and foods.

Each illustration is whimsical and kid-friendly while still managing to convey the concept, while the text itself is presented in fun rhymes. While the book is intended for toddlers, like the others in its series, it’s also a great book for curious preschoolers and early readers.