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Bee-bim bop (the name translates as “mix-mix rice”) is a traditional Korean dish of rice topped, and then mixed, with meat and vegetables. In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry child tells about helping her mother make bee-bim bop: shopping, preparing ingredients, setting the table, and finally sitting down with her family to enjoy a favorite meal. The energy and enthusiasm of ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 12th 2005 by Clarion Books
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Connie
I really like the catchy text. How many bouncy ways can we rhyme with bee bim bop? (A zillion, apparently.)

And I liked the recipe, and the family togetherness, and the artwork. (Note: I asked around when I cooked this, as I was short a few things, and was informed that this is one of those "meh" recipes where you don't have to be exact and can add or take away as you wish. I love those!)

As an atheist/agnostic I wasn't super-thrilled with the page dealing with them saying grace, however, this is
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Gianni Llano
The book explores rhyming with a cultural dish. The cultural dish gives children the opportunity to explore their own favorite foods and find similarities among the ingredients used.
Michael Alumbaugh
Lee's drawings in the book go along very well with the story, and they are very entertaining. I read this book to my 4 year old and he keep laughing at the little girl who keep trying to help her mommy make supper. I think that the text was also enjoyable for him because it used a lot of repition and it was easy for him to read along to the words since he knew what was coming. I would use this book in a pre-k or a kindergarden class to help the students learn to read. Also you build a learning c ...more
Candice
Nov 24, 2011 Candice rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
A rhyming book about a little girl's favorite Korean dish - bee-bim-bop. There's a catchy rhyme and the little girl is certainly enthusiastic about helping her mom cook her favorite meal. The story tells how to make the dish and includes a recipe at the end. Even the recipe deserves a comment. It shows what a child can do (pour the rice into a rice cooker, mix the marinade ingredients), and what a grownup should do (mostly things with knives and the hot stove). Very enjoyable. And by the way, I ...more
Courtney Lauren Smith
Linda Sue Park did a great job with her book Bee-Bim Bop. Not only was the story fun to read with its rhyming play on words but the story was interesting and kept you wanting to know the whole time, "What is Bee-Bim Bop"? I found myself trying to guess just what is was going to be like as each of the ingredients and directions happened in the story.

The words flowed so nicely and the way the text was shaped on each page on certain lines made the story that much more fun to read. The illustration
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DyolF Dixon
Bee-bim Bop by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Hoo Baek Lee is the story of a Korean mother and daughter preparing a meal. They go shopping for the food. The food is repaired and cooked. The table is set. The family comes in the kitchen to eat. At every step of the process of preparing the meal the little girl said Bee-Bim Bop. The meal was rice topped with vegetables and meat. Bee-Bim Bop means mix-mix rice.
The whole book is a double-page spread. The colors are pastel and the pictures go out
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Cynthia
I enjoyed reading this book because it depicted a Korean family spending time together to make a traditional dish called Bee-bim Bop. I like how at the end we are given the recipe and a picture of the author cooking with her neice and nephew. We talked in class about making connections through foods and I believe this book does that. I also think this book is good to have in a classroom because it exposes us to another ethnic group especially because many people associate asians with being Chine ...more
Michelle
In this playful and engaging book, Linda Sue Park celebrates one family’s favorite traditional Korean dish, Bee-Bim Bop! From the grocery store, to the table, and all through the preparation time in between, a young Asian American girl maintains high excitement about her favorite dish. Park’s narrative text has great rhythm and flow, as well as a nice repetitive rhyming scheme that encourages participation. Lee’s exuberant watercolor illustrations are clear against a simple white background, and ...more
Melissa
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Review:Children's Literature
A young Korean girl is "Hungry hungry hungry for some Bee-Bim Bop." That is the refrain to this catchy, upbeat poem about a girl and her mother preparing dinner for their family. Not just any dinner, but Bee-Bim Bop, an appealing Korean dish that translates to "'mix-mix rice.'" The rhythm of this poem is irresistible and the little protagonist adorable. The illustrations convey the sense of urgency the protagonist feels as she anticipates her f
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Hana Sm.
A young Korean child is anxious to help her mother make Bee-bim Bop, which is a Korean dish made of rice, scrambled eggs, and beef with vegetables on top. The entire book involves rhyming words, most of which rhyme with the word bop. Page 2 reads, "Hurry, Mama, hurry Gotta shop shop shop! Hungry hungry hungry for some BEE-BIM BOP!" The pictures are cute but they look very cartoonish. At the end of the story is a recipe for Bee-bim Bop.

I would have my class make up a story using words that rhyme
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KidsLit Book Club
Jun 29, 2014 KidsLit Book Club rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Parents & teachers of kids birth through preschool
Recommended to KidsLit by: Other preschool teachers
Shelves: june-2014
The sing-songy rhythm is excellent, and the 2 year olds in my classroom loved reading this again and again. It's a great book for introducing a cultural-specific food to kids who haven't heard of it before, without any statement unnecessary "lesson" about Korean culture, etc. It's as good a book for kids who regularly eat bee-bim bop as it is for kids who haven't heard of it before, and the recipe at the end makes it easy to try out.
jacky
Dec 04, 2010 jacky rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: preschool - grade school
Shelves: tv, picture-books
This was featured on Between the Lions. This was a cute story of a little girl excited over her mother making her favorite dish, bee-bim. The daughter really enjoys helping her mother and watching her mother cook. There is nice rhyming and repetition to get young children interested and reading along. The content of the story gives a little bit of insight into Chinese culture through describing the food, which most kids will understand because the ingredients are things they will be familiar wit ...more
Maggie KutsBorg
Wow. Really, wow. I was lukewarm on this book for storytime - I loved it on its own but I was convinced that the toddlers wouldn't care about it, follow it, or know what it was talking about. I was so, so wrong! They LOVED this book - totally engrossed. They even chanted "bee bim bop" with me whenever it came up in the rhyme, and completely without me coaching them! It was astonishing. Great, great storytime book.
Stephanie Rudzki
This story tells us what goes into the traditional Korean dish, bee-bim bop. The name simply means, "mixed up rice." A very cute short story about a young girl who goes to the grocery store with her mom and goes through the steps in order to make this dish at home. You can tell it is her favorite and she is in a huge rush to eat it. This book even has the recipe for it on the very last page.
Kelsey Ruggirello
I really enjoyed reading this book because it's about a little girl really excited to eat bee-bim bop and she's in such a hurry and then at the end of the book, there's instructions on how to make it. I think this will motivate students to want to make it at home with their parents because of how good the girl seemed to make it.
Shelli
I have never tried “Bee-bim bop,” a traditional Korean dish with rice, meat, vegetables and eggs, but after reading this book I hope to soon. Even though the story is best suited for smaller children, my daughter and I both enjoyed reading it together and look forward to trying the delicious recipe the author provided in the afterward.
Tasia
This was a hit! Our ESL kids were teaching their classmates about their home countries, and so we read this to supplement our Korean girl's lesson. The whole room caught onto the rhyming scheme, calling out "bee-bim bop!" when it was time. Just seeing their reactions tells me this is a good book to have in kindergarten.
Sunny
I bought this for my son, but I'm sure I got as much enjoyment as he did reading it. Linda Sue Park does an outstanding job describing one of my favorite dishes and sharing the customs of my childhood. Written in a fun rhythm, I highly recommend this book to anyone with a kid or if you are just a kid at heart.
Beth Felker
This book is about a traditional Korean dish and a little girl helping her mom make this dinner. The child is really hungry and cannot wait till dinner! The text is rhythmic and predictable. My teacher used this book in my practicum classroom and the children just loved it because they were able to read along. The book shows a modern American Korean family which is also good for the children to see diversity. Linda Sue Park did a really good job writing this book. The illustrations are also grea ...more
Betsy
this is a story of a young girl making a traditional korean dish with
her mother. i like the concept but the rhyming words are a little awkward
and sometimes it breaks the flow...

i wish it would have talked more about the ingredients in the bee bim bop...
Tori
It was a cute story and it shows how a different culture cooks. I also, liked how the little girl was helping make dinner. It is very important the children learn life skills like cooking. I think this is a book I would put in my classroom library.
Katherine
Fun to read, especially to a child. This book depicts a mother and her daughter preparing a well-known, delicious Korean rice dish. The rhyming text is fun. A helpful step-by-step recipe for Bee-bim Bop is included at the end of the story.
Samina
Bee-bim Bob is a cute book about a Korean family that cooks together. The author does a really good job show casing the Korean dish as the center for family gathering. This book would be really good to teach process and sequence.
Jennifer Kim
“Bee-bim Bop” is a fictional story about an eager Korean little girl who wants to help prepare her favorite meal. The child helps her mother to shop, prepare, and set the table for the meal. She walks through the steps and provides information as to her family dynamics as well. I would use this book to teach students sequencing (from shopping, preparing, and setting the table). This book also exposes the students to the Korean culture and food. Rhymes and repetition could be taught to the studen ...more
Mike
A cute picture book that includes a basic recipe for bibimbop, with roles divided between adult and child. Really smart format for this kind of intro-to-food book.
Gracie
This is a great book because it teaches children about a popular Korean dish and shows them how to prepare. The words rhyme and repeat, making it flow very well.
Melissa
I love the rhythm if this book, makes a great singable, clap-able read aloud. Use rhythm/lummi sticks after to reinforce the rhythm.
Kayla Whitlock
This book has a catchy, bouncy text. You can use this book with rhyming and use the pictures to help with the t3xt.
Brittiny
This is a nonfictional story. It is about making Bee-bim Bop to eat for dinner and the act of shopping, cooking, preparing, and finally eating as a family. I liked this book because it was fun, up beat, and had a good moral that families have fun when they eat together. If I was to teach this book I would want to look at the punctuation. There are spots where I would expect a period because the next word is capitalized, but there is no period. But later there is punctuation between the thoughts. ...more
Sriram Krishnan
If you can read this book without singing it - you are a better person than me.
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Linda Sue Park is a Korean American author of children's fiction. Park published her first novel, Seesaw Girl, in 1999. To date, she has written six children’s novels and five picture books for younger readers. Park’s work achieved prominence when she received the prestigious 2002 Newbery Medal for her novel A Single Shard.

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