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Thank You, Omu!

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  3,128 ratings  ·  738 reviews
A generous woman is rewarded by her community in this remarkable author-illustrator debut that's perfect for the Thanksgiving season, perfect for fans of Last Stop on Market Street.

Everyone in the neighborhood dreams of a taste of Omu's delicious stew! One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent. And one by one, Omu offers a portion of her meal. Soon
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
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Dave Schaafsma
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you are reading this review in late November, Happy Thanksgiving!

Omu means "queen," in Igbo, which is the tradition from which Mora writes. It has the shape of a folk tale, somewhat like Stone Soup in that food makes community. Omu is a grandmother who makes a rich Igbo stew and everyone that passes by and smells it cooking and knocks on her door gets a helping. . . until it is gone, alas. Though they all come back in the end to share their food with her, too. It's about gratitude, helping ot
Although the accompanying illustrations of Oge Mora's Thank You, Omu! would generally and aesthetically speaking be just a bit too cartoon-like for them to be considered absolute personal favourites, I have indeed been more than pleasantly surprised at how much I have visually enjoyed them and how the pictures both colour scheme and general descriptiveness wise do indeed work very well with the author/illustrator's presented verbal narrative, how glowingly both text and images mirror and reflect ...more
Omu is cooking a delicious thick red stew - YUM! It’s so aromatic that people in her building come to her door asking what she is cooking. Then people off the street come by. Being generous, Omu gives each of them a bowl of stew. They love it. The problem arises when she goes to eat her dinner, nothing is left. It’s the best red stew she has made and she is sad she did not eat it. All those people bring dinner to her and they have a large community meal together and it’s the best meal Omu has ea ...more
Brenda Kahn
This exuberant debut is sure to be a favorite read aloud. It's sort of a reverse Stone Soup in that Omu gives and gives and gives until she has no dinner for herself. The crisp collages help propel the story of a generous soul. ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
What a beautiful story of selflessness and appreciation!! If I give too many details, then I will have to hide my review because of spoilers. What I can say is that this story truly restores confidence in human nature. And, for the young reader, Thank You, Omu! speaks to the importance of kindness and not taking others fore granted. It is the little things we do, which can mean so much.


It is always wonderful to share this book with different groups of kids. I am always curious as to h
Chance Lee
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-it
During this past summer, I had the pleasure of listening to Oge Mora read the book and discuss her art. She was such a delight, and so is this story. It's a beautiful book and her lovingly made collages give much depth to her sweet characters.

Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for New Picture-Books About Generosity & Gratitude
Omu cooks her delicious red stew all day in this delightful debut picture-book from author/illustrator Oge Mora, generously offering a portion to everyone who follows their nose and knocks on her door. When she finally reaches her own dinnertime however, she discovers that there is nothing left in her big pot. What will she do? Fortunately, her generosity finds its response in the people with whom she has shared, people who want to say: "Thank You, Omu!"

Omu, which apparently means "queen" in Igb
La Coccinelle
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Thank You, Omu! could easily be read as a companion story with any of the various versions of "Stone Soup" out there. While the plot is a bit different, the message of generosity is similar.

Omu makes herself a big pot of thick red stew for her dinner. But the stuff smells so good that, throughout the day, people arrive on her doorstep wanting to know where that delicious aroma is coming from. She feels she has stew to spare, so she gives everyone a taste. By the end of the day, however, she's be
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanksgiving may now be past in the United States, but there’s no end date on sharing, giving thanks, and giving back. Author-illustrator Oge Mora’s debut picture book Thank You, Omu! is a gorgeous soon-to-be classic. It is perfect for year-round reading, and holiday gifting.

The thick red stew that Omu is making will surely be the best dinner that she has ever eaten. It smells wonderful and the taste test promises great things. However, when she sits down to read while she waits, the scent of he
Laura Harrison
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Beautiful, kind and original. One of the nicest picture books of 2018.
Sarah Krajewski
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Everyone needs a book like this sometimes. ❤️
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I LOVE these illustrations, and the story is so warm and loving.
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Omu made a stew. Throughout the day people drawn by the smell knocked on her door, and she shared. When it was time to eat her meal, none was left. When another knock came, Omu went to the door to say there was no more stew, but instead those with whom she shared had brought a meal to share with her. The illustrations are nicely done.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: skool, 2020-reads
This book was read for One Book One School. The story was good, but there are a couple of problems with it.

1. Who wouldn't notice that their soup is finished, as they are pouring out the last bit?

2. Nobody will leave their work just to knock on some old lady's door to ask, "What's the smell?"

3. Have they never heard of Hansel and Gretel? Omu could be trying to poison them. (Not that she would.)

4. Why is the pot shiny and clean if there was the Red Stew in there. Shouldn't there be leftover soup
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautifully illustrated tale of sharing and nurturing community.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
community, sharing, kindness
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Omu, queen in Igbo, feeds her neighborhood and in return is fed. Very sweet, beautiful collaged illustrations.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Collage illustrations and poetic text show exactly why this book about sharing won a Caldecott honor.
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diverse-lit
Thank you, Omu! by Oge Mora is a 2018 picture book that received a 2019 Caldecott Honor for illustrations, and it also received a 2019 John Steptoe Award for New Talent. The protagonist in this story is called Omu, which is Igbo for “queen” according to the author’s notes, and Mora’s story is a warm tale about a grandmother whose traditional Igbo stew draws the attention and hunger of a plethora of community members who smell her savory meal as it wafts from her window. Children aged 4-8 will de ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
One day Omu cooks a bit pot of thick, delicious red stew for her dinner. The delicious smell wafts down through the apartment building... out the street... and soon there's a knock on Omu's door. Before she knows it, the stew is gone to her neighbors! The next knock on the door brings an unexpected surprise.

This is a sweet story about giving selflessly and receiving in return. Omu, the igbo word for queen, or the term the author/illustrator used for her beloved Nigerian grandmother, reminds me o
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading all the 2018 picture books I can, including nominations for best picture book here on Goodreads. Thank You, Omu! was not nominated, but it's my favorite of all I've read so far. I thought it worthy of taking a moment to mention.
What I love about it:

Debut author Oge Mora is also the illustrator, I love her collage art. I enjoy looking closer at the layers that make the pictures, and it reminds me of a project I did with my youngest when he was in 3rd grade.

It's not too long an
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, that is a happy, good feeling book! It definitely put a smile on my face! As Omu reads a book, she lets the thick, red stew that she just made for her dinner simmer on the stove.

Soon, she gets a knock on the door and it’s a visitor who has smelled her delicious stew from down the hallway. Omu offers the small boy some of her stew which he eats (picture shows him licking the bowl).

All day long, the stew simmers on the stove, the delicious smell soaring through the air, drifting over the cit
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Using acrylic paint, china markers, pastels, patterned paper, and old-book clippings, the author has created collage illustrations that will entertain readers young and old alike.

The narrative describes how the kindness and generosity of one venerated member of the community comes back to her in kind.

I love how the neighbors are nameless, yet encompass a wide range of professions and backgrounds.

Overall, it's a fast read and shows how sharing our blessings with others can come right back to u
First sentence: On the corner of First Street and Long Street, on the very top floor, Omu was cooking a thick red stew in a big fat pot for a nice evening meal. She seasoned and stirred it and took a small taste.

Premise/plot: Omu is making a thick, red stew. It smells AMAZING. The smell is so amazing that it brings people--one at a time--to her home. Omu begins to share her meal. Will she have enough for herself?

My thoughts: I really loved this one. Omu is such a sweet, generous soul. And as she
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Omu is the Nigerian word for "queen", but in the author's family it was used as her grandmother's name. In this story Omu cooks a big pot of delicious, fragrant red stew. As neighbors and workers in the neighborhood smell it they all come knocking, and she gives each of them a bowl. By the end of the day when her meal time comes around her stew pot is empty, but suddenly all of those who've received knock upon her door and bring their own foods to feast upon. It's a lovely story with beautiful c ...more
Ms. B
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: honor, 2019, picture
What goes around comes around and it is better to give than to receive. This is a story that offers a counter point to the themes in The Red Little Hen and Stone Soup. Omu makes a stew, but instead of asking others to contribute or help; she gives the stew away. How her neighbors show their gratitude makes for a beautiful story about sharing.
This one would be perfect for RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) on February 17.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this debut author's picture book about generosity and community. Told with a lovely folk tale rhythm, this has the feel of a classic tale and will make a perfect read aloud.

The collage illustrations are absolutely terrific and a joy to experience along with the story. Done in warm mellow tones with many fascinating perspectives, they really match the feel of the story.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pbf-general
This was a lovely, sweet story of generosity, and then being thanked for that generosity. I really liked the folk-style illustrations rendered in acrylics, china markers, pastels, patterned paper, and old-book clippings. The people's faces were expressive, and the artwork had an appealing wackiness to it, with all the different angles and perspectives. ...more
Heidi Goehmann
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is cataloged under “neighborliness” in the library of Congress. Can we get more books like this? I love the notes on the author’s experience with her Nigerian grandmother in the back. The metaphor and literal element of the wafting stew fits Uma’s wafting spirit of inclusion and generosity perfectly. The art made the kids and I look through the pages several times to find details.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A pot of stew makes the entire neighborhood hungry!
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