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Cora loves being in the kitchen, but she always gets stuck doing the kid jobs like licking the spoon. One day, however, when her older sisters and brother head out, Cora finally gets the chance to be Mama's assistant chef. And of all the delicious Filipino dishes that dance through Cora's head, she and Mama decide to make pancit, her favorite noodle dish. With Mama's help, ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Shen's Books
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Kathryn
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I kind of knew I would just by the cover--something about Cora's expression just really touched me. The story itself is not only about delicious food, but about what it feels like to be the youngest in the family--and what it feels like to finally get to do "grown-up" things. I think the first illustration of Cora sitting on the floor, licking the spoon (the only way she could "help" with the cooking) while her older siblings and Mom are busy in the kitchen is just so perfect a ...more
Courtney
A young girl named Cora longs to help her mother in the kitchen like her older siblings do. One day, as the rest of her family heads off for the day, she finally gets her chance! But will Cora be able to do the same grown-up jobs her sisters and brother do?

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3.5 Stars

This is a cute little book. The story is entertaining, and I liked the detail about the mother learning the recipes from her father.

I really loved the illustrations, though - bright and colorful, and the art style is beautif
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Abigail
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Children Who Like to Help Out in the Kitchen / Readers Looking for Filipino-American Stories
"Cora loved the kitchen. She loved to drink in the smells of Mama's Filipino dishes." And one day, when her older sisters and brother are out, Cora gets her chance to help Mama with the cooking - to really help her. No more baby tasks like licking the spoon! Cora and Mama are making pancit - a Filipino noodle dish - and Cora gets to shred the chicken, and stir the noodles. But will her family appreciate the results...?

With adorable, warm-toned illustrations by Krista Valiant, this engaging story
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Tracy
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cora wants to be grown-up, like her older brother and sisters. She wants to help her mother cook. One day, when her siblings are gone, Cora gets her chance. She helps her mother make pancit for dinner, a traditional Filipino dish. Her mother explains how she used to help her father, Cora's Lolo, make pancit when she was a girl. Not only does Cora feel grown up, she has shared an important part of her cultural heritage. Dorina K. lazo Gilmore's book, "Cora Cooks Pancit", would fit well in a multi ...more
Crystal Marcos
May 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book from start to finish. Thanks from a suggestion made in the Children's Picture Book Club I was able to read it. Cora is a little Filipino girl who wants so badly to take part in her family's tradition of cooking together in the kitchen, but she is too young. One day her mother decided Cora was ready to make pancit (a traditional Filipino Noodle Dish). It was great to see Cora bonding with her mother. Will Cora's pancit turn out tasty? Well, you will have to read it to find out. ...more
A.
Jun 15, 2018 added it
What a delight! The smells, the delicious food, the wonderful family dynamics, the family history, and the adorable dog that works so hard to ask Cora to play by bringing her toy after toy! This is a multi-layered family delight that dives into Filipino culture through a young girl's first attempt to cook a family recipe that's been passed down through the generations of her family with history, pride, and love that can be seen on every page in the warm, vibrant, playful illustrations. A joy to ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Little Cora helps her mother cook pancit, a spicy soup of rice noodles, chicken, and vegetables. This was another book that made me hungry! Not only was pancit described in delicious detail, but also Filipino eggrolls (lumpia) and chicken drumsticks (adobo). I must copy the recipe for pancit at the end of this book.

I loved the way Gilmore depicted the family as all pitching in to help with cooking the meal. Kristi Valiant's illustrations were charming, and I especially liked the little dog who
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Dolly
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a sweet tale about the youngest sibling in a big family who finally gets to help her mother cook pancit in the kitchen while all the other children are out of the house. She learns more about her family history and sees the love that goes into the preparation of the food. I loved her mother's gentle and patient manner with her, teaching her the basics of cooking. I often encourage our girls to help prepare food, but sometimes I get a little frustrated with how much of a mess they make! I ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love recipes that connect many generations of a family together and that is what this book is all about.

Young Cora desperately wants to be a cook but her older siblings get to do the “grown-up” cooking jobs with her mom while she is stuck licking the spoons. One day, the older siblings are out at the mall and Cora finally gets her chance to cook with her mom. They decide to cook pancit…not any old pancit but the pancit that Cora’s grandpa, Lolo, used to cook. As Cora and her mother cook the r
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Crista
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Asian Pacific American Literature Award (APALA) 2009-2010 Picture Book Winner

This beautifully illustrated story is about a little girl named Cora who finally gets cook like the big kids. The illustrations are both playful and complex. The little girl is just adorable as she waits for comments from her family about what she has made.

The reader also gets a glimpse into the Filipino language and culture, as well as Cora’s family history, while they are watching Cora prepare the traditional dishes.
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Carolina
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story is about a young Filipino-American girl, named Cora, who one day finally gets the chance go help her mother cook, a job that is usually only for her older siblings. With her mother’s guidance, she cooks her favorite Filipino Dish, Pancit. As Cora learns the process of making her favorite dish, she also learns about her heritage through stories her mother tells her while cooking. In the end, she shares her dish to her family, and they compare it to the way Cora’s father used to make Pa ...more
Sandra Stiles
Sep 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
If I say this was a delicious book I would not be kidding. The story is about a young Filipino child who is too small to help cook in the kitchen. One day her sisters and brother leave the house and she is left to help her mother cook. Her mother lets her choose what they will eat. She chooses Pancit, her favorite dish. She gets to put the noodles to soak to soften them, help shred the chicken and check when the noodles are done. She also gets to help stir the pancit. Her sisters and brother are ...more
Felicia V. Edens
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
"Cora Cooks Pancit" is a great picture book about a little "pug-nosed" Filipino-American girl who is determined to make one of the Philippines' most well-known dishes. The illustrations are wonderful - they are vivid and detailed, especially with body language and facial expressions. Will Cora end up making yummy pancit for her big family? Readers will watch as Cora enjoys the sensory and "grown-up" experience of cooking her favorite dish with her Mama. You also may notice their adorable dog, wh ...more
Aladdin Jones
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely story about the importance of spending time with your children. Too often do parents disregard the concept of "quality time" with their kids...especially if they have multiple. Cora is a young girl who desires to be like her older siblings and assist her mother while cooking in the kitchen. The author's use of illustration and diction surely captivates the reader's attention and places them in the mindset of young Cora. It has an uplifting theme and one can only smile as they tu ...more
June
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Youngest children, cooking requests, mother requests
Recommended to June by: Childrens Book Group - May Picture Books
I found this book to be absolutely delightful. I might be biased since I was the youngest too. I loved the illustrations from the cover with Cora's self-satisfied look stirring the pasta, to her body language leaning in to the kitchen asking, "What are we making today, Mama?" I was so intrigued by Cora that I missed the dog in some of the pictures and appreciated someone pointing the dogs role out in the May picture book discussion in Goodreads Childrens Books group. Unfortunately, it looks a li ...more
Maira
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
Cora Cooks Pancit was the winner of the 2009-2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. I absolutely loved this story. It reminded me of when I was growing up and I would help my grandma make tamales. I think this story would be appealing to any student of any background because in all cultures there is tradition that we have all been brought up with and can relate to with this story. It's an easy read and it's pretty cool how they have incorporated a few terms from the Philippines to tea ...more
Micki
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a delightful story for K-2 students. As the youngest child in a Filipino family, Cora’s older siblings always get to help with the cooking. When those siblings are gone one day, Cora gets her chance. She not only gets to wear Lolo’s (grandpa’s) red apron, she gets to choose what favorite dish she wants to make – pancit. The story tells some of Cora’s family history and takes the reader through the entire recipe. (2010 Asian/Pacific American Award)










Chase
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really like this book it was really good
Laura
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
This semester I’m taking a class about multicultural programming. One of the things we talk about is the way in which different cultures are represented in books and digital media. One of our assignment involves evaluating different kinds of media for different age groups. I chose the book app for Cora Cooks Pancit mainly because it’s one of the few multicultural apps that’s available for Android. Almost all of the quality apps are for iPad, so I couldn’t be too picky.

Cora Cooks Pancit is about
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Whitney Taylor
Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore and illustrated by Kristi Valiant, is a story of a little girl who wants to do the grown-up jobs of cooking with her mother. Gilmore and Valiant tell the story of Cora's love for cooking through scrumptious-looking illustrations which will make readers want to cook after reading this book!

Text-to-Self: Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore's story of Cora reminded me of my own family when we tried to help our mother with baking and cooking. Since there was a three-to
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Jennifer
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore and illustrated by Kristi Valiant, is a story of a little girl who wants to do the grown-up jobs of cooking with her mother. Gilmore and Valiant tell the story of Cora's love for cooking through scrumptious-looking illustrations which will make readers want to cook after reading this book!

Text-to-Self: Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore's story of Cora reminded me of my own family when we tried to help our mother with baking and cooking. Since there was a three-to
...more
Anne Catesby
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore is a very heartwarming book that will bring back memories of childhood to anyone that reads it. When I was younger and even now I would be in the kitchen with my mom learning her recipes and cooking with her. One thing that I loved about this book was the fact that the in the back you could find the actual Pancit recipe that the author learned from her family and uses to cook. This book was also award the Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature in ...more
Christine Turner
Personal note: The book would work well for a mature pre-school or elementary group.

Cora loves being in the kitchen, but she always gets stuck doing the kid jobs like licking the spoon. One day, however, when her older sisters and brother head out, Cora finally gets the chance to be Mama's assistant chef. And of all the delicious Filipino dishes that dance through Cora's head, she and Mama decide to make pancit, her favorite noodle dish.With Mama's help, Cora does the grown-up jobs like shreddi
...more
Becky
Apr 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Audience: This book is best suited for k-2nd grade. It is simple, fun, and young students will be able to relate to the main character.
Appeal: The young girl in the story, is sad that she never gets to help her mom in the kitchen. This is something that a lot of young kids can relate to. The book also has fun pictures and includes a recipe in the back!
Activity: I would read this book out loud and then I would have the children make their own stories. I would have them write about one of their
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Christina Baldridge
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Children's Literature Centre at FSU
This book is beautifully illustrated. The colorful drawings seem to blend together like the wind and set the location of the book up wonderfully. The writing is easy to follow and isn’t filled with too many difficult words. Vocabulary words that tie in with the diversity of the book are italicized and then defined in the back. The writing is also relatable. Many children are curious of the goings on in a kitchen and often want to help their parents make whatever dinner is being made that night. ...more
Heleina Conejos
Cora, a young Filipina who wishes to help the rest of her family cook, gets her chance when her Mama lets her decide what she wants to make for dinner. She decides on pancit, a traditional Filipino noodle dish.

I was lured towards this book simply because I never see books based on my culture. I loved the integration of the Filipino language within the text, creating cultural authenticity. I loved how Filipino food was tastefully depicted and Cora's amazement with them. However, it would have be
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Zeal
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This sweet story is about a scene that might be familiar to many young children, making it extremely relatable to young readers. Cora wants to help her mom cook pancit, a Filipino dish. I think that the illustrations looked nice and matched up with the story properly. The author provides a recipe to follow at the end, and that gives it a nice sense of authenticity. The story is free of negative stereotypes and instead shows how hard working immigrants are. Cora's family enjoys eating together an ...more
Emily Krafcik
I enjoyed Cora Cooks Pancit very much! I think a lot of young children, on matter their ethnicity will be able to relate to this story and wanting to cook! I know the students I tutor talk about cooking with their mothers and grandmothers often. This is also an interesting story because it encompasses a culture that American young children may not be familiar with, and be curious about what these different foods Cora and her mother cooked taste like. This story would be a fun way to spark intere ...more
Ashleigh Best
"Cora Cooks Pancit" is a very entertaining book about a young, Filipino girl who yearns to learn to cook with her mother. For years, the young girl watched her siblings cook with her mother and do the adult jobs, while she had to sit and draw in the flour, a little kid job. However, when her siblings go to the mall one day, Cora's dream finally comes true- she gets to learn to cook with her mother. Throughout this story, the background of the Filipino family is revealed and is described in an in ...more
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Dorina Lazo Gilmore, blogger, speaker and author of Glory Chasers: Discovering God’s Glory in Unexpected Places and Flourishing Together: Cultivating a Fruitful Life in Christ, served as a journalist for 3 years. For more than 12 years, she has been leading Bible studies for women. She now specializes in helping people navigate grief and flourish in community. Her essays have been published at (in ...more