Title: Maggie’s Chopsticks
Written by: Alan Woo
Illustrated by: Isabelle Malenfant
Good For: Kids ages 4-8
The Skinny: Young Maggie, desperate to master the mysterious art of eating with chopsticks, is by turns scolded and taunted by various family members around the dinner table, until her father inspires her to find her own way to success.
The Pros: Really beautiful illustrations, and the prose is almost poetry. Will be relatable to kids with older siblings.
The Cons: The story may seem a bit longer for younger kids, but worth the wait to see if and how Maggie masters her chopsticks.
The Bottom Line: This story reinforces the concept of trying and trying again until you succeed, no matter how long it takes or who is watching!