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The Resource Thank you, Omu!, Oge Mora

Thank you, Omu!, Oge Mora

Label
Thank you, Omu!
Title
Thank you, Omu!
Statement of responsibility
Oge Mora
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When the aroma of Omu's homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit
Storyline
Tone
Character
Illustration
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2019
  • Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, 2019.
  • John Steptoe Award for New Talent, Illustrator Category, 2019.
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2018.
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 2 Omu (Nigerian for queen, but here grandma) enjoys cooking thick red stews for her evening meal. One day, while her pot simmers, a little boy knocks at her door, enticed by the delicious aroma. Of course Omu shares with him and later with others: a police officer, a hot dog vendor, a shop owner, a cab driver, a doctor, an actor, a lawyer, a dancer, a baker, an artist, a singer, an athlete, a bus driver, a construction worker, and the mayor! Predictably, the pot is empty when suppertime arrives, but Omu’s friends give back with a feast that everyone enjoys. Mora’s mixed-media collage art makes use of patterned papers and book clippings in addition to paints and pastels. She uses simplified forms to represent people and objects (somewhat reminiscent of Ezra Jack Keats’ style), well suited to this cozy, urban setting. Particularly effective is the white trail of steam from Omu’s stew that travels through the neighborhood. A great choice for food-themed story hours, or for introducing the concept of sharing. -- Kay Weisman (Reviewed 7/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 21, p68)
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 2—In her apartment on the top floor, Omu (Igbo for queen) makes a tasty, thick red stew for her dinner. The smell wafts through her community, enticing neighbors to knock at her door to inquire about the delicious smell. A little boy is first, followed by a police officer, the hot dog vendor, and many other neighbors. Omu shares a bit of her stew with each person until she has none left for her dinner. When she hears the next knock, it is the visitors again, but this time with a feast to share with Omu. Even the little boy makes a contribution: a red envelope that conveys everyone's sincere gratitude. The richly textured and expressive collage illustrations were created with patterned paper and old-book clippings using acrylic paint, pastels, and markers. Mora has crafted a memorable tale of community and the unexpected rewards of sharing. VERDICT Children will enjoy this fresh, engaging story of friendship and community building, perfect for any group gathering. —Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library --Maria B. Salvadore (Reviewed 07/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 7, p55)
  • /* Starred Review */ Omu (pronounced AH-moo, it’s Igbo for queen), the matriarch of her city neighborhood, is making “thick red stew in a big fat pot.” As the delicious scent—rendered as an undulating strip of paper—wafts through the neighborhood, a little boy drops by, then “Ms. Police Officer,” and then a deluge of hungry humans that eventually includes the mayor. Mora, a major new talent making her debut as an author-illustrator, gives her book a rhythmic, refrainlike structure: There’s a “KNOCK!” at the door, a moment of thought on Omu’s part, the presentation of a bowl, and a hearty “Thank you, Omu!” in brightly colored capital letters. Dinnertime arrives, and a chagrined Omu discovers that she’s given all her stew away (“There goes the best dinner I ever had!”). But she isn’t sad for long. The stew eaters arrive en masse at her door with a bountiful potluck (the boy proffers a handmade thank-you note), and “together they ate, danced, and celebrated.” This sweet story of inclusivity, gratitude, and delicious fellowship is also a feast for the eyes, with its warm colors and inventive mélange of cut paper and other materials. Ages 4–8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Oct.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 08/27/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 35, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10691346
Cataloging source
AU@
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mora, Oge
Dewey number
813/.6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
4+
LC call number
PZ7.1.M6682
LC item number
Th 2017
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Neighborliness
  • Generosity
  • Stews
  • Children's stories
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Thank you, Omu!, Oge Mora
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Note to the reader: "Omu" (pronounced AH-moo) is the Igbo term for "queen."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780316431248
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1089468313
Label
Thank you, Omu!, Oge Mora
Publication
Copyright
Note
Note to the reader: "Omu" (pronounced AH-moo) is the Igbo term for "queen."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780316431248
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1089468313

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