Omu is cooking “thick red stew in a big fat pot for a nice evening meal.” As it simmers, the scent of the stew wafts out the window. “Knock!” A little boy is at her door, drawn by the delicious smell. “Knock! Knock!” A police officer arrives. “Knock! Knock! Knock!” This time it’s the hot dog vendor, followed by many others from her neighborhood, all unable to resist the smell of her stew. Each time, Omu gives the unexpected guest some stew. But when the time for her own dinner arrives the pot is empty. Luckily there’s one more big surprise in store in this debut picture book celebrating the spirit of generosity and reciprocity, appreciation and thanksgiving, inspired by the author/illustrator’s Nigerian grandmother. Mixed-media collage art comprised of bold shapes is the perfect pairing for the bright, warm-hearted story. Highly Commended, 2019 Charlotte Zolotow Award ©2019 Cooperative Children’s Book Center
CCBC Age Recommendation: Ages 4-7
PreK-Early Elementary (Ages 4-7)
Nigerians and Nigerian Americans
Publish Year: 2018
CCBC Location: Picture Book, Mora
Thank You, Omu!