Ruby's Reunion Day Dinner
by Dalton, Angela; Southerland, Jestenia (ILT)

Inspired by the rich tradition of African American reunions, a multigenerational story follows the experiences of young Ruby, who helps loved ones prepare the foods they are bringing while trying to think of a signature dish of her own. 40,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Ruby is determined to assist with the family reunion dinner at Grammy and Pop-Pop's, where everyone is busy fixing their signature soul food dish, like macaroni and cheese and sweet candied yams. Ruby, her hair adorably tied into two round bunches with pink ribbon to match her pink dress, tries to help different family members, but each time she is gently turned away after being told she's too small to handle mixers and knives. Disappointed, she leaves the kitchen to sit outside, where a lemon tree gives her the perfect idea for her dinner contribution: lemonade! Children will adore this story's inviting language and colorful digital illustrations. Love and joyfulness exude from Ruby's family, who are shown with a variety of body types and brown skin tones, and it's with a real sense of pride that Ruby agrees to their requests to make her lemonade again next year. This pairs perfectly with other texts about family gatherings and cooking, such as Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore's Cora Cooks Pancit (2009) and Kevin Noble Maillard's Fry Bread (2019). Grades K-3. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Will this be the year Ruby gets to make and share a dish at the annual family reunion? Once a year, Ruby's African American family gets together for a reunion and soul food dinner. Every year her relatives prepare their signature dishes, and this year Ruby wants to make one, too. Affectionately nicknamed "Lil' Bitā? by relatives, Ruby doesn't know what to make, and when Auntie Billie questions if she's big enough to help in the kitchen, Ruby begins to have doubts, too. Nevertheless, fueled by her mother's confidence that she will find her special something to make, Ruby approaches her family members in hopes that they will allow her to help them, but there's no use, Ruby is just too small. Readers will feel Ruby's discouragement even as their mouths begin to water at the meal her family is assembling. Finally, she ventures outside, where she notices a stand of lemon trees and she gets the bright idea to make a refreshing pitcher of lemonade-which is just what they all needed. This is a charming book that works well as a read-aloud, especially as a lap read with children who are gaining independence and want to do more than they are able. Ruby's well-drawn expressions support the use of this book as a picture walk with very young readers. (This book was reviewed digitally.) When life gave her lemons, Ruby made lemonade. A sweet read-and lesson-for young readers. (Picture book. 4-6) Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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