Accelerated Reader Program Selection
“The catchy refrain, ‘Just the thing to make it yumbo,/All a part of Grandma’s gumbo,’ will be a surefire hook for young listeners who love to join in on the story. . . . Grandma’s Gumbo is a tasty treat.”
—School Library Journal
“The rhymes are sure to delight as will the drawings. This is a great story to read aloud.”
“Deborah Ousley Kadair stirs up authentic Louisiana ingredients to create a special story of pot cooking with love.”
—New Orleans Culinary Concierge
Shrimp, oysters, bell peppers, okra—mmm! Grandma stirs up these and other authentic Louisiana ingredients to create a special Southern dish. Add generous portions of rice and onions, then top it off with plenty of hot sauce and a dash of filé, and you’ve got yourself a traditional Creole gumbo that’ll make you go “yumbo!”
This delightful rhyming story features bold, colorful collage-style illustrations surrounded by a charming and infectious poetic rhythm. Readers will be enchanted as Grandma adds more and more items to her big black pot. Every ingredient plays an important part in the formation of this delicious dish, making it the tastiest treat this side of the Mississippi.
Readers even get the chance to make some culinary magic of their own! Included is a recipe for gumbo, just like Grandma’s, that children and parents can cook together. Bon appetit!