Saureen Naik Desai’s The Adventures of Princess Pudding Pie (2020)

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/51-VrUtAfNL._AC_UY327_QL65_ML3_.jpgThe Adventures of Princess Pudding Pie (2020), written by Saureen Naik Desai and illustrated by Marco Mazzarello, follows a round-faced little girl with black pigtails and tan-colored skin on a journey around the world. The little girl, Princess Pudding Pie, introduces readers to brief greetings and yummy delicacies from a variety of countries including the USA, France, Kenya, and Japan.  The illustrations feature popular landmarks and regionally-specific clothes from the countries explored. Desai’s subtle lyricism makes reading aloud enjoyable for children and adults.

I would have appreciated backmatter that identified each landmark and a pronunciation guide for both greetings and tasty treats. But this is a fun read that introduced readers in Pre-K through first grade to cultural diversity in a fun way. I imagine this text could inspire lesson plans about food and culture and would pair well with creative activities or taste-tests of some of the treats highlighted!

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