Cora Cooks Pancit

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Shen's Books, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Cora loves being in the kitchen, but she always gets stuck doing the kid jobs like licking the spoon. One day, however, when her older sisters and brother head out, Cora finally gets the chance to be Mama's assistant chef. And of all the delicious Filipino dishes that dance through Cora's head, she and Mama decide to make pancit, her favorite noodle dish.

With Mama's help, Cora does the grown-up jobs like shredding the chicken and soaking the noodles (perhaps Mama won't notice if she takes a nibble of chicken or sloshes a little water on the floor). Cora even gets to stir the noodles in the potcarefully-- while Mama supervises. When dinner is finally served, her siblings find out that Cora did all their grown-up tasks, and Cora waits anxiously to see what everyone thinks of her cooking.

Dorina Lazo Gilmore's text delightfully captures the warmth between mother and daughter as they share a piece of their Filipino heritage. With bright and charming illustrations by Kristi Valiant, Cora's family comes alive as Cora herself becomes the family's newest little chef.

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User Review  - kkadal1 - LibraryThing

I enjoyed “Cora Cooks Pancit”, the central message of which was that a mother and daughter can bond by sharing in a family tradition. I liked the book for its engaging and well-paced writing, which ... Read full review

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User Review  - Matthew - Goodreads

This is a great book about the Filipino cooking. It's the story of the youngest child of five, who always feels like she's marginalized to little kid jobs in the kitchen, getting her opportunity to ... Read full review

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Dorina Lazo Gilmore grew up in a Filipino-Italian family in the kitchen with her mama, aunties and grandmas. She loves to create healthy recipes and share stories in the kitchen with her friends and daughters. Dorina has a B.A. in English and Journalism and is completing an M.F.A. degree in Children's Literature at Hollins University. She is also the author of two other children's books, Children of the San Joaquin Valley and Stone Soup: A Hmong Girl's Journey to the United States. Dorina is originally from Chicago and lives with her husband and two daughters in Fresno, California.

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