Thank You, Omu!

By: Oge Mora

Everyone in the neighborhood dreams of a taste of Omu's delicious stew! One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent. And one by one, Omu offers a portion of her meal. Soon the pot is empty. Has she been so generous that she has nothing left for herself?

Author’s note. Full-color illustrations created with acrylic paint, china markers, pastels, patterned paper, and old-book clippings.

ISBN: 9780316431248

JLG Release: Jan 2019


Topics: Neighborliness , Generosity , Stews , Sharing , Grandmothers , Community

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Awards & Honors

2019 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Finalist, Picture Book
2019 Ezra Jack Keats Award Winner, Illustrator
2019 King/Steptoe Award for New Talent Illustrator
2019 Caldecott Award Honor
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Picture Books for School-Age Children

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal*, Booklist, Publishers Weekly*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*

School Library Journal

In her apartment on the top floor, Omu (Igbo for queen) makes a tasty, thick red stew for her dinner. The smell wafts through her community, enticing neighbors to knock at her door to inquire about the delicious smell. A little boy is first, followed by a police officer, the hot dog vendor, and many other neighbors. Omu shares a bit of her stew wit In her apartment on the top floor, Omu (Igbo for queen) makes a tasty, thick red stew for her dinner. The smell wafts through her community, enticing neighbors to knock at her door to inquire about the delicious smell. A little boy is first, followed by a police officer, the hot dog vendor, and many other neighbors. Omu shares a bit of her stew with each person until she has none left for her dinner. When she hears the next knock, it is the visitors again, but this time with a feast to share with Omu. Even the little boy makes a contribution: a red envelope that conveys everyone’s sincere gratitude. The richly textured and expressive collage illustrations were created with patterned paper and old-book clippings using acrylic paint, pastels, and markers. Mora has crafted a memorable tale of community and the unexpected rewards of sharing. VERDICT Children will enjoy this fresh, engaging story of friendship and community building, perfect for any group gathering. –Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library, School Library Journal

Horn Book

Grandmotherly Omu (a brief note on the front end papers explains that the name is pronounced “AH-moo” and is “the Igbo term for ‘queen’”) seasons and stirs her “thick red stew in a big fat pot.” In the mixed-media collage illustrations, brownskinned Omu looks blissful as a wavy ribbon of “scrumptious scent” from her stew wafts Grandmotherly Omu (a brief note on the front end papers explains that the name is pronounced “AH-moo” and is “the Igbo term for ‘queen’”) seasons and stirs her “thick red stew in a big fat pot.” In the mixed-media collage illustrations, brownskinned Omu looks blissful as a wavy ribbon of “scrumptious scent” from her stew wafts “out the window and out the door, down the hall, toward the street, and around the block.” Soon there is a knock on the door, and a little boy asks about the delicious smell. Omu decides to share her stew with him as the scent continues to float out from her apartment, bringing another “knock knock” to her door—a peckish police officer, this time. The pattern of the story quickly becomes clear, as each knock brings someone who very much appreciates Omu sharing her stew: “Thank you, Omu!” At the end of the day, Omu’s generosity means that she has no stew left to eat for dinner, but the people come back, and the little boy tells her, “Don’t worry, Omu. We are not here to ask…We are here to give.” The layers of paint, paper scraps, “old book clippings,” and more give the collages depth and make each person distinct in his or her skin tone, hair, and clothes. Mora times her story perfectly, with each beat in the right place and repetition that will encourage participation from a group. This will be an ideal volume to use any time sharing is the theme. susan dove lempke

Book Details

ISBN

9780316431248

First Release

January 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.2; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD630L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Little, Brown BFYR

Potentially Sensitive Areas


Topics

Neighborliness, Generosity, Stews, Sharing, Grandmothers, Community,

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