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First Book of Sushi

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  167 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Miso in my sippy cup, tofu in my bowl! From tekka maki to wasabi, tasty treats await young readers in this colorful, rhyming ode to Japanese cuisine. With pages full of tummy-tempting foods, the books in the World Snacks series are a delicious way to introduce even the littlest eaters to cuisines from all around the globe.
Board Book, 22 pages
Published June 15th 2001 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Amy Wilson Sanger's First Book of Sushi, though still a "World Snacks Book", differs in some ways from another of the author's board books on the subject of foreign cuisine, Yum Yum Dim Sum. Unlike that book, First Book of Sushi has no glossary of terms on the back page; which, while it would have been helpful for the uninitiated in Japanese culinary wares (such as myself, for the most part), is still a highly unusual feature for a board book. First Book of Sushi also differs in that the foods ...more
"First Book of Sushi" is a picture book by Amy Wilson Sanger. It is intended for children from birth to 2 years (N). The book is short and sweet and to the point. It is a simple book about sushi that teaches the reader what kinds of sushi there are and what kinds of fish are in the sushi. I gave “First Book of Sushi” 5 stars for quite a few reasons. First, the book is interesting. You don’t find too many books on sushi for toddlers. I love sushi and this book was a good way to teach my son about ...more
Reading level: K-1st grade
Interest Level: Early Childhood/Preschool
Genre:Picture Book
Themes/Subjects: Japanese culture and/or food
Main characters: NA
Setting: NA
POV: Narrator

This is a fantastic board book for Early childhood or preschool aged children. There are very vibrant colored pictures of different types of sushi. The book is full of rhyming text that would be suitable for young children. The story definitely uses Japanese words that some may not be so familiar with like "hamachi, maguro sl
A.C. Bauch
If I could, I'd give this five stars for the illustrations. The text is two to three stars. So I'm giving it four to be fair.
Going through donations. I couldn't pass up a board book about sushi! Interesting. Having eaten a lot of Japanese food in the last year+, I was much more familiar with some of the terms than I would have been before. I was surprised at the use of rhyme in the book. The illustrations were interesting. I'm not sure how a child would relate to the book, unless sushi is something they're already familiar with.
Bailey Jane
Just ordered this on Amazon today (02/29/10))! My first baby purchase!

06/21/10 - I can't wait to read this to baby Piper when she gets here!The colors are so bright and eye-catching and the book actually taught me a thing or two about sushi that I didn't know! What a fun series. I totally plan on ordering the other books in the series as well.
I find this book funny, and it's certainly a hit with the hipper parents I know, especially those who dine a sushi bars frequently since it acquaints little ones with the cuisine they'll see there. However, this one has not been that popular with my toddler and gets requested only infrequently.
Quite perfect for our restaurant play, particularly with our newly added wooden sushi set. A good intro which resonated with several students and stirred interest in a possible asian food day in the future. Not to mention pictures full of texture, depth and bright color.
Oct 11, 2014 Dolly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading to their little ones
Shelves: childrens, 2003, japan
Great pictures and a fun, rhyming narrative. I bought this right away when I had our first baby. I thought it was quite appropriate since we lived in Japan! We read this one over and over again until I had the narrative memorized.
Katy Vance
I LOVED it! I gave this as a present to a friend at a baby shower with the "Stock the Baby's Library" theme. It has beautiful pictures, and wonderful rhyming text. It is a nice change to the usual baby books given at parties.
May 03, 2008 Marie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: foodies
This board-book series introduces world food with words from the appropriate language in a rollicking, rhyming text. Pictures are paper collages. Nice intro to sounds of other languages and foods from other cultures.
I love that this book includes mommy's favorite sushi: ikura. I know because she secretly ate lots of it when she was pregnant with me. Thanks for the book, Sarah B.
Love this book... Received as a gift when our daughter was born in Japan and still have it memorized...beautifully illustrated and beautiful lyrics.
Nov 03, 2008 Yarb rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
Superbly-decorated board book. Short and very sweet poem (which scans perfectly!) in praise of all things sushi from a toddler's eye view.
This and the Sandra Boynton books were among Alex's first memorized lines. It's no wonder sushi is still his favorite food!
Elke Ursin
Adorable and fun! I read this to my squirming belly baby and can't wait to have her demand "Miso in my sippy cup!"
Jude Gravois
I love this book and so does Jude. It has great art and a fun rhyme. Jude's a big fan of sushi.
This is like, my favorite kid's book!!! I read it all the time!
This whole series is so funny.
Thanks, Danielle!!! :)
Annchan Maulana
sushi lover guide book nie ^^
This blew my mind!
Such a cute book.
Well, ok.
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