All books written by Norah Dooley and illustrated by Peter J. Thornton.
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Everybody Cooks Rice
Listed in The New York Times Parent’s Guide to the Best Books for Children Three Rivers Press.
Anthony is late for dinner again! And as usual, Carrie has to find him. Carrie knows that if her little brother isn’t playing outside, he’s probably in someone’s house mooching food.
As Carrie searches for him, she samples each family’s dinner. It seems that everybody is cooking a rice dish–but because the Families come from different countries, each recipe is unique. By the time Carrie tracks down the elusive Anthony, she has discovered a new world right in her own backyard.
Author Norah Dooley and artist Peter J. Thornton draw on their own neighborhoods as they tell this multicultural dinnertime tale. Simple recipes are included for each family’s special rice dish.
“The geometric forms displayed in the multi hued houses of the street are especially nice. Yes, everybody cooks rice, and everybody eats rice–these commonalities do bring us together, a lesson worth repeating again and again.” -Booklist
“Nifty neighborhood-nifty book” -NY Times Review of Books
Everybody Bakes Bread
American Library Association “Pick of the List”
Carrie—the hungry heroine of the popular Everybody Cooks Rice—is back, and so is her pesky little brother, Anthony. When it looks like Carrie’s Saturday plans have been rained out, Carrie’s mother sends her on a search that saves the day.
Carrie discovers that when skies are stormy in her neighborhood, everybody bakes bread! Carrie’s neighbors come from many different places, so everybody bakes a different kind of bread. From Barbadian coconut bread to chapatis from India, Carrie samples breads from around the world. By the time her appetite is satisfied, she and her friends have decided not to let a little rain get in the way of their plans.
Accompanied by simple recipes, this rainy-day take is sure to please readers who loved Everybody Cooks Rice as well as those who are new to Carrie’s delightful multicultural neighborhood.
“Thornton’s richly colored, softly realistic illustrations show the diversity of age and nationality, lifestyles, and staple foods of this friendly neighborhood.” -Booklist
Everybody Serves Soup
Awarded the Social Studies Honor Book by the Society of School Librarians International in May 2001.
Dooley (Everybody Bakes Bread, 1996, etc.) dishes up another premise for Carrie to eat her way around her multicultural neighborhood. Today is a snow day at school and Christmas approaches. Carrie is tapped out after buying gifts for everybody except Mom, who always wants “anything that comes from your heart.” She hopes to earn money by shoveling snow. But…recipes pour in along with Mark’s mom’s corn chowder, Darlene’s grand aunt’s oxtail soup, and Wendy’s mom’s miso soup. Recipes, however, don’t buy gifts, and at the end of the day Carrie has earned only ten dollars from Dad. That and Mrs. Max’s idea are enough to buy Mom’s gift—a blank book in which Carrie can write her newfound recipes. Preparing for Hanukkah, Mrs. Max reminds Carrie that “good soup with a friend warms more than the body.
Dooley returns to the multicultural neighborhood of Everybody Bakes Bread in another heartfelt celebration of diversity…the message about sharing food, culture, and gifts from the heart can speak to all. -Booklist
The recipes included give readers an opportunity to test that notion in a book more cookery than fiction, more work-a-day than holiday.-Booklist
Everybody Brings Noodles
A neighborhood celebrates America’s birthday by sharing its ethnic dishes in this latest of the Everybody series (Everybody Serves Soup, 2000, etc.). When Carrie hatches the idea of a block party for the Fourth of July, she has no idea of the work it will involve. On the day of the party, she clutches her list as she crosses off each item. Fortunately for Carrie, all the dishes contain her favorite-noodles…As Carrie moves through the neighborhood, readers can see through her interactions that the young girl is instrumental in bringing the community together. In fact, though she is disappointed not to be taking part in the talent show, she is pleasantly surprised when she is recognized in this capacity by the organizer of the talent show. Dooley’s work is a combination of a celebration of the diversity that makes America unique, and a recipe book. Thornton’s illustrations are filled with color and life, and feature the people and places found in his own hometown.