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Stone Arch Books
August 01, 2023
5.1 X 7.2 X 0.5 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author
Hanna Kim is a children's book author and middle school English language arts teacher. Just like Ben, she was made fun of for her Korean lunches, and it took her some time to be proud of her culture. In her free time, Hanna loves to draw, read, make fun crafts, and eat Korean snacks. She lives in Michigan with her husband and cat, Zoro.
Emily Paik is an illustrator who lives in South Korea with two dogs, Tofu and Doona. She loves to go on adventures with her dogs and gets inspired by the colors and shapes of nature. She hopes to create illustrations that will warm people's hearts and make them smile.
Raised in L.A.'s Koreatown by immigrant parents, Ben and his family have moved to Michigan, where fourth-grader Ben's traditional Korean lunches generate unwanted attention. When his new classmates make fun of the food he's brought, Ben throws his lunch away and wishes to be like everyone else. The next day, when he opens his lunch box, his dumplings magically turn into a ham-and-cheese sandwich. His wish has come true! Upsettingly, more than his mom's dumplings start to disappear, including his favorite Korean cartoon and his ability to understand his halmoni. It isn't until Ben sees his friend Emilio resist being bullied for his lunch (Mexican mole and rice) that Ben understands that he needs to stand up for himself and his culture for his life to return to normal. Colorful digital illustrations pepper the easy-to-read chapters of this series starter, which speaks to resilience and cultural pride. Bountiful back matter includes a glossary of Korean words, a list of Korean foods, a recipe for kimbap, and critical-thinking prompts.--Rose Camargo "Booklist"