The Yuckiest Lunch Box
Author: Debbie Min @DebbieMinWrites
Illustrator: Wafiq Sehat @WafiqSehat
This is one of the most well written books I have received and has such a great lesson about cultural differences. It was so nice to read this with my son and talk about how people from other cultures eat different foods. The book is laid out so perfect that it is really easy for children to understand what is happening in the story. The book is meant for those who might feel ashamed or embarrassed of their culture, to help them feel a sense of pride in where they come from. This book truly does that.
When Nari brings her traditional Korean lunch to her school, she doesn't expect her classmates' reaction... "Pee-yoo! It smells like someone farted!" Feeling embarrassed and rejected, she says to her mother "I just want to be like everyone else. Why does my food look slimy and smell funny?" She then asks her to make her American lunches from now on, only to discover that what makes her different is actually her strength! In this multicultural story of belonging and acceptance, Nari faces cultural differences, and learns to proudly embrace the beauty of her culture.
"The Yuckiest Lunch Box" is a fun and unique diversity and inclusion story that shows the importance of looking beyond cultural differences and accepting one another, no matter where we're from. This empowering and uplifting tale encourages young children to be proud of where they come from, and be curious about their heritage. This story is so relatable to multicultural children living in America (and their families). It can serve as a great tool to start conversations about those feelings, as well as kindness and empathy, and cultural difference.
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