Dumpling Soup by Jama Kim Rattigan

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In a coming-of-age tale set in the Hawaiian islands, Marisa gets to make the dumplings for Grandma's special New Year's soup, but she worries that they will not taste as good as usual.
 

About Jama Kim Rattigan

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Jama Kim Rattigan, a third-generation Korean-American, was born and raised on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. After receiving a master's degree in English from the University of Hawaii, she taught for several years and then began writing full time. The inspiration for Dumpling Soup grew out of her vivid childhood memories of celebrating the New Year with her extended family was well as her desire to convey the rich cultural diversity of Hawaii to young readers. Lillian Hsu-Flanders was born in Camden, NJ, and attended college and graduate school in New England. As a child, she enjoyed many Chinese family gatherings much like the one described in the story, and continues to make, eat, and love dumplings today.
 
Published April 1, 1998 by Perfection Learning. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Cooking, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Each year, the women in Marisa's family, living in the Hawaiian islands, gather to prepare dumplings (``mandoo'') for the New Year's celebration--and this year Marisa is old enough to help.

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Winner of the first New Voices, New World Multicultural Fiction Contest in 1990, this story of a Hawaiian girl's New Year's Eve is as warm and comforting as homemade soup.

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A girl helps her ""chop suey"" (mixed up) family make the dumplings for their traditional New Year's Eve meal, in this slice of Korean-Chinese-Japanese-Hawaiian-Anglo life.

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