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Sam and the Incredible African and American Food Fight

Sam and the Incredible African and American Food Fight

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Six-year-old Sam, with his Liberian dad and African American mom, finds a way to bring everyone in his cross-cultural family together at the dinner table

Rice and okra soup: Sam's auntie from Liberia made it, and it's Dad's favorite. Mom, homegrown in Minnesota, made spaghetti and meatballs. And Sam? He's just hungry, but no matter what he chooses to eat, someone will be disappointed. Caught in the middle of his family's African and American food fight, Sam gets a little help from his grumbling stomach--and readers of this seriously funny book by Shannon Gibney get a peek at cultures colliding in a family kitchen that work out in a very delicious way. Charly Palmer's vibrant and captivating illustrations make this gentle lesson in getting along a bright and colorful visual feast as well.

Cassava leaf torbogee or homemade sausage pizza? Sam's family recipes bring Sam and the Incredible African and American Food Fight to an apt and happy ending--and readers can decide which dinner is best. But, really, why not both?

Author: Shannon Gibney
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Published: 04/25/2023
Pages: 48
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.04lbs
Size: 8.28h x 10.88w x 0.49d
ISBN: 9781517909659
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 04/01/2023
Shelf Awareness 05/05/2023

About the Author

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and author of See No Color and Dream Country, young adult novels that won Minnesota Book Awards. A Bush Artist and McKnight Writing fellow, her memoir exploring transracial adoption and her YA anthology of stories about adoptees by adoptees will also be published in 2023. She teaches writing in the English department at Minneapolis College.

Charly Palmer is a fine artist, illustrator, teacher, and mentor whose book illustrations include There's a Dragon in My Closet, Rainy Day Rocketship, I Can Write the World, All Boys Aren't Blue, and Mama Africa, for which he received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award.

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