See Me Read! | #CYBILS2023 Book Reviews 12.21.2023

Fermented soybeans, beets, sardines … yum.

Not to Gigi and Lola, but their grandparents enjoy them. And they love their Ojiji (grandfather) and Abuela (grandmother).

With today’s featured books, young readers explore the unfamiliar and the universal. They will learn about Japanese and Guatemalan cultural traditions, and, at the same time, connect with Gigi and Lola in their feelings of trying something new.  They’ll also understand that very special bond between a grandparent and a child.


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Sarah @ Instagram (reel) – Absolutely lovely book. The book explores several topics: generational households, different cultures and tying new foods. It lead to lots of discussions in our family. It was a great way to do a small introduction of Japanese culture for my kids. 

Kirsten @ Goodreads – This is a perfect story for picky eaters and wonderfully includes Japanese vocabulary and culture. This is one of my favorite early readers this year!


Sarah @ Goodreads -Lola is a loveable character. The author expresses her emotions so well, that it’s like we’re reading about our best friend. The story was relatable for my children in a gentle way. I loved exposing my children to Guatemalan culture without the textbook feeling. I will certainly be reading more books from this series.