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Babies Can't Eat Kimchee!

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  16 reviews
When a baby sister comes along, it seems she is just too little for anything Will she ever be big enough to play? To whisper secrets? To eat kimchee? Will she always lie there? Scream for no reason? Be so helpless and little? When a baby sister is just TOO LITTLE to do anything, what's her big sister to do but wait and wait and WAIT . . . and dream about what's to come.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Jun 29, 2010 rated it liked it
I was hoping it would be more food-oriented and with more Korean culture. There is a good description of Kimchee at the front of the book, but the story is really more about a big sister being annoyed with the new baby and all the things it can't do--then coming to realize that there are many things that it CAN do, or WILL be able to do and that she wants to be part of teaching the baby how. It's a nice enough story and some of the illustrations were great while others seemed a bit lack-luster. ...more
Jo Oehrlein
Sep 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A big sister has a new baby sister.
She goes through the list of all the things her baby sister can't do.
She then flips to planning for the future -- how she'll dress her sister for her 1st birthday, how they'll whisper stories to each other when the rest of the house is asleep, etc.

Like the Korean touches that are included in the story naturally.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-baby-books
A cute book about all the things an older sibling can do that baby can't yet, with some Korean culture elements mixed in. The older sibling imagines when the baby will be grown up enough that they will be friends, which was really sweet! ...more
Ad Astra
Mar 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gendis-reads
One of the better books about older siblings who are upset with smaller siblings. This book isn't about the introduction of a baby so much as just an established difference between older and younger children. ...more
Viviane Elbee
Oct 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
A new baby sibling book featuring a Korean family. The older sister points out all the things her baby sister cannot do yet. But one day, the baby will grow up, and the big sister looks forward to teaching her all there is to know about life then.
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
A little girl explains all the things that her baby sister cannot do, such as, eat kimchee. She then goes on to describe her baby sister getting older and bigger, and all the things she will teach her.
It has very colorful and expressive illustrations, done in an artistic way, almost like a scrapbook.
This would be good to use for a child who experiences having a younger sibling, especially a new baby.
It might also be useful in talking about different cultures - specifically, Korean culture.

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Nashiea Edmiston
In this book about two Korean sisters, where the older sister reflects on how her baby sister is growing up so fast and where the baby sister wonders if she will ever be old enough to do anything, especially eat kimchee (a traditional spicy, pickled cabbage dish). The illustrations in the book are great, love all the facial expressions. Thought the book would have a little more about the Korean culture and foods but all-in-all, a good book to have in your multi-cultural library.
Mar 11, 2009 rated it liked it
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The big sister goes over all the things the little baby can't do. Can't dance. Can't eat spaghetti. But then begins thinking about all the things she will teach her to do.... someday! ...more
May 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Such a fun little book that it's a real shame that the illustrator included a drawing of a baby holding a bottle. ...more
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The illustrations are fun and vibrant, and I love the energy of the older sister.
Sep 15, 2009 rated it liked it
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Lovely colors and illustrations accompany a simple and sweet story about a big sister first bemoaning her baby sister's limitations and then realizing how much she can teach her when she gets big. ...more
Bethany Nolan
Sep 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Babies can't eat kimchee, the Korean national dish, as big sister discovers. Sweet illustrations - love the dancing ballerina ones that show action ...more
Elaine Conway
Dec 28, 2015 marked it as to-read
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MM's Review: growing up and little sisters ...more
Mar 12, 2011 rated it liked it
This book needs more kimchi... WAY MORE KIMCHI! Publisher, please take note & ask author to revise this story; you must then issue a new & improved second edition with added kimchi goodness.
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Korean older sister deals with a new baby---both her potential and her limitations. Bright colors.
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Patz attended public schools in Baltimore (Arlington, Garrison, and Forest Park) and Goucher College, graduating from Stanford University. Her illustrations, paintings, drawings and prints have been regularly exhibited in Baltimore museums and galleries, and she lectures widely in schools and teachers’ groups on the art of the picture book.

Nancy Patz is the mother of two daughters and the grandmo

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