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PreSchool-Grade 2–In the tradition of Grace Lin's Dim Sum for Everyone! (Knopf, 2001) and The Ugly Vegetables (Charlesbridge, 1999), Park introduces preschoolers to the culinary culture of Korea. Playful, cartoonlike drawings portray a round-faced girl helping her mother shop and prepare a delicious meal in the kitchen. The illustrations, set against a white background, are very appealing. Each spread presents a detailed and busy kitchen scene enhancing the rhyming text. The name of the dish is delightful, and children will want to chime in on Hungry hungry hungry/for some BEE-BIM BOP! and variations on the catchy refrain. The verses contain many of the preparation steps and ingredients and some readers may have difficulty keeping the rhythm, but with a bit of practice, the rhyme works well. A recipe follows the story and in the author's note, Park explains that bee-bim bop means mix-mix rice. A fine addition to any collection, this book is a terrific way to introduce Korean culture to young children.–Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL
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PreS-Gr. 2. Newbery Medal-winning author Park captures the exciting rush of dinnertime preparations in this picture book about a Korean family. A little girl is thrilled about what's for dinner--the Korean dish Bee-bim Bop--and she excitedly helps her mother select groceries and prepare the meal before Papa, the baby, and Grandmother gather for a short prayer and, finally, dinner. Park's brief, bouncy, rhyming text, with the refrain, "Hungry hungry hungry / for some BEE-BIM BOP!" perfectly echoes the frenzied speed of shopping and cooking, as well as the gleeful anticipation of a favorite meal, which most kids will recognize. Lee's watercolors extend the flurry of activity, humor, and delight in uncluttered spreads, many from a child's-eye view. Step-by-step descriptions will intrigue children who love learning about the process of putting a meal together. A recipe for Bee-bim Bop, with instructions for "you" and a "grown-up," closes this cheerful offering, which will partner nicely with the books in the adjacent Read-alikes, "Kids in the Kitchen." Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (November 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547076711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547076713
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Allison Calderwood on June 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am a first grade teacher and used this book while teaching my class about South Korea. My kids really enjoyed the fun rhyme and rhythm of this book, which I used to culminate our week-long unit. When I finished the story, we made "bee-bim bop" right in class! It was yummy, the kids loved it, and they were eager to read the book over and over again in our class library.
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As far as I can ascertain, Linda Sue Park does not sleep. I have good strong evidence for this. Since 2004 this woman has single-handed churned out more picture books, pieces of historical fiction, and fantasy novellas than any person dare count. She wins Newbery awards, brings Korean-American families to the foreground of kiddie lit and with "Bee-bim Bop!" the woman even has a storytime picture book to her name. This is no mean feat. Coming up with a storytime picture book is one thing. Coming up with a storytime picture book that is actually enjoyable to read aloud is another entirely. I was wholly within my rights when I looked on "Bee-bim Bop" with a skeptical eye. A person can only be good at so many things, and while I was a big ole fan of her, "The Firekeeper's Son", it may be a picture book but it's an entirely different breed altogether. "Bim-bim Bop!" is just your average getting dinner on the table type affair, but by the end of the story I wouldn't be entirely surprised if you find your small children begging for that tasty meal themselves. It does look delish.

The story, such as it is, follows a young girl and her mother on a shopping expedition. In rhyme the girl continually prods her mother along with lines like, "Hurry, Mama, hurry / Gotta shop shop shop! / Hungry hungry hungry / for some BEE-BIM BOP!". Back at home the two stir and fry, flip the egg pancakes, set the rice ah-steaming, and chop some garlic and green onions. This goes on with more and more ingredients cooked and added. The table is set with spoons and chopsticks, the family gathers, and it is finally suppertime. Everyone mixes all the ingredients together (the "bee-bim") and chow down on some yummy food. Park includes a recipe for Bee-bim Bop at the end.
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We lived in South Korea for a year when our children were smaller. We like to cook Korean food at home to help them remember our experiences there. I was thrilled to find this book. The rhymes are delightful, the pace is light, the illustrations are charming, and the recipe and instructions are wonderful! We've had so much fun as a family with this book. It's a keeper.
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My 16 month old loves this book. He calls it 'bop' and asks for it daily and usually a few times in a row. The writing is very lyrical and rhythmic and he starts smiling as soon as I start reading. The illustrations are really nice too and my son likes to point to things in the pictures and hear what they are, especially the ingredients. I'd recommend this to anyone, regardless of heritage!
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Both my daughters [and my husband] instantly loved this book. They all think it sounds very catchy to read. Also, it makes them want bee-bim-bop every single time we read it. Let's just say we've been reading and eating a lot of bee-bim-bop lately. Lovely illustration. Cute story.
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My oldest daughter (especially) has a huge interest in learning more about her Korean roots. So you can imagine how much she enjoyed this book. What I think would be even better is if the author could actually write this book in English and in Korean so kids can read it in both languages. Just a thought. This was a great purchase.
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I bought this for our recently adopted 18 month old son from Korea. This is the first book that he's ever sat through from start to finish without trying to grab the pages and flip ahead or throw on the ground. I'm not sure if it is the rhythm of the prose or the illustrations, but it was a pleasant surprise, especially since he is under evaluation for speech development. After playing around a bit as we were winding down for bedtime, he sought out the book and started flipping through the pages again. I read it to him two more times. I am very happy with the book. It's cute and fun and it engaged not easily impressed toddler.
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What a wonderful story! We read this weekly with our 2 year old. It's fun, easy to follow and a great way to teach him about a traditional Korean dish. Cute illustrations and even a recipe at the end.
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