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!


Image credit: Original image



“Good food is momentary in the mouth, but immortal in the soul.” -Unknown

I have enjoyed food photography for sometime now. I’m not much of an expert in the kitchen (although I’m working on this), but I absolutely love food and all the various ways it can be arranged.

I’ve been experimenting with different arrangements and reading a book I recently bought called Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling by Hélène Dujardin. It shows creative ways to display food and explains the use of lighting techniques, as well as post-processing, in an easy-to-read format.

Some suggestions include the use of textured fabrics in the background and stray silverware and spices as additional props.

It’s a good resource for someone like me who is still new to food photography. I look forward to improving my technique and sharing my results with all of you!