The Rice in the Pot Goes Round and Round

The Rice in the Pot Goes Round and Round
Written by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Illustrated by Lorian Tu
Published 2021

The rice in the pot goes round and round the table. You can sing along to the tune of Wheels on the Bus, or just read it if you feel more comfortable speaking.

Through the eyes and voice of the middle daughter, we are introduced to each member of her Chinese family from Nai Nai to little Di Di. Each stanza also features the family eating a part of their meal. As the title suggests, it starts with rice and then goes through the courses and ends with fruit.

The art is perfectly adorable! It has nice, bold outlines and the gouache and watercolor add a softness that complements the fact that it’s all about happy family togetherness.

In addition to the bouncy rhythm and delicious sounding food, there are pages of backmatter that goes into more detail on what each food is and the proper pronunciation of the family words.

Great for ages 3 and up and could be sung to younger kids as well.

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