Yumbo Gumbo

Charlesbridge. (Storytelling Math). Feb. 2024. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781623543259.
K-Gr 2–This engaging picture book introduces the cultural importance of food, family traditions, and decision-making as Annabelle and her brother Beau embark on a culinary adventure at their grandparents’ house. There, they face the delicious dilemma of choosing what type of gumbo they should make. The story skillfully blends entertainment with education while incorporating elements, such as data collection and deductive reasoning. The digital media illustrations vividly depict a large and diverse Creole family and provide a visually appealing experience for readers. The book seamlessly weaves in the history of gumbo with making choices, demonstrating the importance of conflict negotiation, and the democratic process. The story not only celebrates cooking and culture but also highlights the significance of compromise and family traditions. Back matter includes a Creole glossary to fill out more cultural nuances of the story, as well as an author’s note and other valuable content to help readers make connections.
VERDICT While all readers will miss and crave a recipe for yumbo gumbo, this is a must-read for future chefs, budding data analysts, and aspiring family counselors. Its appeal extends to STEM book collections, making it an excellent addition for diverse learning.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing