Friday, May 29, 2020

Bedtime Story: Thank you, Omu by Oge Mora

Read for: RI Authors/ Children's Book

Synopsis: "A generous woman is rewarded by her community in this remarkable author-illustrator debut that's perfect for the Thanksgiving season, perfect for fans of Last Stop on Market Street.

Everyone in the neighborhood dreams of a taste of Omu's delicious stew! One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent. And one by one, Omu offers a portion of her meal. Soon the pot is empty. Has she been so generous that she has nothing left for herself?

Debut author-illustrator Oge Mora brings a heartwarming story of sharing and community to life in colorful cut-paper designs as luscious as Omu's stew, with an extra serving of love. An author's note explains that "Omu" (pronounced AH-moo) means "queen" in the Igbo language of her parents, but growing up, she used it to mean "Grandma."'

My Review: I picked up this book after seeing that it won a Children's book award, and it had also been on my list for a while because of being a local author. I finally got a copy from my library and absolutely fell in love with this book. First off the illustrations are amazing, a beautiful collage style. Then the story is just even better, centered around food and community, about sharing what little we have and others sharing in turn. This is a beautiful book to read with the young ones in your life or just for yourself.

My Rating: I wish I hadn't waited so long to read this book, it is a beautiful book about sharing and community. I loved the art style as well.  I am looking forward to reading more from this local author.  I give it a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag.

Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

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