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“[A] bold, expressionistic fairy-tale homage to her native land.”
New York Times Book Review

I Hate Borsch!

Written by Yevgenia Nayberg
Illustrated by Yevgenia Nayberg
Published by Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company

All Ukrainians are supposed to love borsch—but what if you hate the red stuff? A young girl despises Eastern Europe’s most beloved soup, and not even the grandmothers of Kiev can persuade her to change her mind. But when she immigrates to the United States, American food leaves her feeling empty. One day she discovers borsch recipes in an old suitcase. Maybe that disgusting beet soup deserves another chance…

Imaginatively illustrated with splashes of borsch-bright red, this book captures the complicated experience of rejecting and embracing one’s culture. A recipe and author’s note provide further ways to interact with the story. Witty and poignant, I Hate Borsch will encourage readers to ponder how history, heritage, and food can shape our identities.

Primary ISBN: 9780802855800
Available As: Hardcover, eBook
Picture Book, Age 05 or older

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Setting: Ukraine, United States (Brooklyn)

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Immigrant

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience

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