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Sam and the Incredible African and American Food Fight

Written by Shannon Gibney
Illustrated by Charley Palmer
Published by University of Minnesota Press

Rice and okra soup: Sam’s auntie from Liberia made it, and it’s Dad’s favorite. Mom, homegrown in Minnesota, made spaghetti and meatballs. And Sam? He’s just hungry, but no matter what he chooses to eat, someone will be disappointed. Caught in the middle of his family’s African and American food fight, Sam gets a little help from his grumbling stomach—and readers of this seriously funny book by Shannon Gibney get a peek at cultures colliding in a family kitchen that work out in a very delicious way. Charly Palmer’s vibrant and captivating illustrations make this gentle lesson in getting along a bright and colorful visual feast as well.

Cassava leaf torbogee or homemade sausage pizza? Sam’s family recipes bring Sam and the Incredible African and American Food Fight to an apt and happy ending—and readers can decide which dinner is best. But, really, why not both?

Primary ISBN: 9781517909659
Publication Date: April 2023
Available As: Hardcover, eBook
Picture Book, Age 05 or older

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Setting: United States

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: 1st Generation

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