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Program Type: Storytime
Age: Kids

During a virtual storytime, join our special guest, Jamie, as she reads Bee-bim Bop by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Ho Baek Lee.

See and listen to the story on our "Storytime with HCPL" playlist 

"Bee-bim bop" translates as “mix-mix rice,” a traditional Korean dish of rice topped, and then mixed, with meat and vegetables. In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry child tells about helping her mother make bee-bim bop: shopping, preparing ingredients, setting the table, and finally sitting down with her family to enjoy a favorite meal.

The energy and enthusiasm of the young narrator are conveyed in the whimsical pictures, which bring details from the illustrator’s childhood in Korea to his depiction of a modern Korean American family. Even young readers who aren’t familiar with the dish will recognize the pride that comes from helping Mama, the fun of mixing ingredients together in a bowl, and the pleasure of sharing delicious food.

A special thanks to Clarion Books for allowing us to use this story.