A picture book about a lively evening in a community kitchen from Governor General’s Award–winning author and illustrator Jillian Tamaki.
Tie on your apron!
Roll up your sleeves!
Pans are out, oven is hot.
The kitchen’s all ready,
Where do we start?
In this lively, rousing picture book from Caldecott Honoree Jillian Tamaki, a crew of resourceful neighbours come together to prepare a meal for their community. With a garden full of produce, a joyfully chaotic kitchen and a friendly meal shared at the table, Our Little Kitchen is a celebration of full bellies and people looking out for one another.
Includes two recipes and an author’s note about the volunteering experience that inspired the book.
Key Text Features
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
Tamaki’s colors are bright and the energy from the book gives out so much happiness. … The book is about hope and love for each other.
Our Little Kitchen is a celebration of full bellies and looking out for one another.
[V]ibrant illustrations and fun text.
Energetic, filled to the brim with compassion and ever-changing perspectives, this book needs to be in every school library and classroom.
Our Little Kitchen shines.
[A] lively, rousing picture book.
[A] a vibrant picture book.
[W]hat’s most striking is Tamaki’s gentle but empowering message about the need to be kind.
[T]his color-saturated, mouthwatering whirlwind of a book bursts with energy from the moment its diverse group of characters starts chopping and slicing, whisking and whipping.
Warm and inviting.