Hiromi’s Hands by Lynne Barasch.
Told from the point of view of Hiromi, this picture book explains how her father became a sushi chef in Japan after years and years of training. He then moved to New York and eventually opened his own sushi restaurant. Hiromi grew up respecting Japanese traditions, but quickly became fascinated with her father’s work. She became his apprentice, despite the fact that traditionally girls are not allowed to work with sushi. Her true story of hard work, determination and respect for tradition is inspiring.
I really enjoyed this picture book. It is paced perfectly for reading aloud and children will be fascinated by the long years of work that it takes to make sushi. The illustrations are simple but compelling, showing the varieties of fish and sushi and demonstrating the pride with which they are created.
In fact, you may find yourself with children’ interested in actually trying sushi for the first time!