Book Title: The Story of Noodles by Ying Chang Compestine and illustrated by YongSheng Xuan
APA Citation: Compestine, Y. C., & Xuan, Y. (2002). The Story of Noodles. New York, NY: Holiday House.
Short Annotation: It was time for the annual cooking contest so mama asked her three boys, Pan, Ting and Kuai, to help her make her famous winning dumplings. Their mama and poppa got distracted and told the boys to finish making the dumplings but instead of going through the original process to make it, Kuai suggested that they take a short-cut. In the end, the boys created something totally new and presented it to the judges. They won the contest and their invention became known as noodles.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grade Level: 2-3
Intended Audience: This book is written for anyone who may want to learn about the folk tale behind noodles. I think it is appropriate for grades two and three and could teach valuable lessons about how mistakes can turn into something new.
Personal Rating: 10/10, I thought this was a really nice book and I love reading stories about how things became the way they are. The drawings were also really good.
Text-Dependent Question: “What made mama and poppa distracted from making the dumplings?”