Ten Little Dumplings

Illustrated by Cindy Wume
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Hardcover
$18.99 US
9.44"W x 10.25"H x 0.42"D  
On sale Jan 05, 2021 | 48 Pages | 978-0-7352-6619-3
| Preschool - 3
Reading Level: Lexile AD480L
If one son is lucky, then ten must be great luck indeed! But where does that leave an only daughter? Based on a true family story, this inspiring picture book about a different perspective tells the tale of a girl determined to be seen, who finds her own voice and makes her own luck.

In the city of Fengfu, there lives a very special family -- special because they have ten sons who do everything together. Their parents call them their ten little dumplings, as both sons and dumplings are auspicious. But if you look closely, you'll see that someone else is there, listening, studying, learning and discovering her own talent -- a sister. As this little girl grows up in the shadow of her brothers, her determination and persistence help her to create her own path in the world . . . and becomes the wisdom she passes on to her own daughter, her own little dumpling.

Based on a short film made by the author, inspired by her father's family in Taiwan, Ten Little Dumplings looks at some unhappy truths about the place of girls in our world in an accessible, inspiring and hopeful way.
Larissa Fan is an experimental filmmaker and artist whose cinematic work has been screened at national and international festivals and venues, including the Anthology Film Archives, Images Festival, and Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival. She currently works in social media marketing at the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. She received her bachelor's degree from the Ontario College of Art & Design and her MFA in Film Production from York University. Larissa is based in Toronto. View titles by Larissa Fan
Cindy Wume is an illustrator and picture book maker now based in Taipei. She completed an MA Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art at 2016. Her debut picture book The Best Sound in the World was published in 2018, and her work has been exhibited at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, the Taoyuan Illustration Exhibition and the London Transport Museum's Sound of City art exhibition. View titles by Cindy Wume
  • NOMINEE | 2021
    Ezra Jack Keats New Writer/Illustrator Award
One of FOLD Kids Book of the Month Picks (January Picture Book)
One of CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens, Fall 2021 — Starred Pick


PRAISE FOR Ten Little Dumplings:

“Stepping out of the shadows: a gentle, persuasive #ownvoices take on a hitherto-untold perspective.” —STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

“A sincere and beautiful story for all ages, and one that can gently introduce a serious discussion topic of rank and gender for older readers.” —STARRED REVIEW, School Library Journal

“Infused not with grievance but with redemptive joy, this is a book to cheer the heart of any child who’s ever felt overshadowed by a dazzling sibling — or by 10 of them.” —Wall Street Journal

“Fan has created a heroine who is quiet and observant, seemingly willing to conform, but all the time building up her own strength and conviction . . . Do not miss this book!” —Imaginary Elevators

“This book beautifully uses the frame of a traditional tale to give little sister her voice back.” —the Globe and Mail

“The book’s final image of the grown-up daughter sitting with her own child, also a daughter, evokes a positive representation of female lineage and empowerment.” —CM Magazine

"In cultures that prized sons, [Fan] wonders, 'who is left out of the stories we tell and why?'" —World

"[A] heartwarming and insightful tale of family, identity, and the unique challenges faced by cultural mores." —Canadian Cookbooks

About

If one son is lucky, then ten must be great luck indeed! But where does that leave an only daughter? Based on a true family story, this inspiring picture book about a different perspective tells the tale of a girl determined to be seen, who finds her own voice and makes her own luck.

In the city of Fengfu, there lives a very special family -- special because they have ten sons who do everything together. Their parents call them their ten little dumplings, as both sons and dumplings are auspicious. But if you look closely, you'll see that someone else is there, listening, studying, learning and discovering her own talent -- a sister. As this little girl grows up in the shadow of her brothers, her determination and persistence help her to create her own path in the world . . . and becomes the wisdom she passes on to her own daughter, her own little dumpling.

Based on a short film made by the author, inspired by her father's family in Taiwan, Ten Little Dumplings looks at some unhappy truths about the place of girls in our world in an accessible, inspiring and hopeful way.

Author

Larissa Fan is an experimental filmmaker and artist whose cinematic work has been screened at national and international festivals and venues, including the Anthology Film Archives, Images Festival, and Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival. She currently works in social media marketing at the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. She received her bachelor's degree from the Ontario College of Art & Design and her MFA in Film Production from York University. Larissa is based in Toronto. View titles by Larissa Fan
Cindy Wume is an illustrator and picture book maker now based in Taipei. She completed an MA Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art at 2016. Her debut picture book The Best Sound in the World was published in 2018, and her work has been exhibited at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, the Taoyuan Illustration Exhibition and the London Transport Museum's Sound of City art exhibition. View titles by Cindy Wume

Awards

  • NOMINEE | 2021
    Ezra Jack Keats New Writer/Illustrator Award

Praise

One of FOLD Kids Book of the Month Picks (January Picture Book)
One of CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens, Fall 2021 — Starred Pick


PRAISE FOR Ten Little Dumplings:

“Stepping out of the shadows: a gentle, persuasive #ownvoices take on a hitherto-untold perspective.” —STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

“A sincere and beautiful story for all ages, and one that can gently introduce a serious discussion topic of rank and gender for older readers.” —STARRED REVIEW, School Library Journal

“Infused not with grievance but with redemptive joy, this is a book to cheer the heart of any child who’s ever felt overshadowed by a dazzling sibling — or by 10 of them.” —Wall Street Journal

“Fan has created a heroine who is quiet and observant, seemingly willing to conform, but all the time building up her own strength and conviction . . . Do not miss this book!” —Imaginary Elevators

“This book beautifully uses the frame of a traditional tale to give little sister her voice back.” —the Globe and Mail

“The book’s final image of the grown-up daughter sitting with her own child, also a daughter, evokes a positive representation of female lineage and empowerment.” —CM Magazine

"In cultures that prized sons, [Fan] wonders, 'who is left out of the stories we tell and why?'" —World

"[A] heartwarming and insightful tale of family, identity, and the unique challenges faced by cultural mores." —Canadian Cookbooks

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