Ten Little Dumplings by Larissa Fan is a precious picture book inspired by the true story of a family with ten sons.
Set in Taiwan, where having one son is considered lucky, this family is well known in their community for their ten sons. How lucky they must be!
The parents call their sons their ten little dumplings, and in this book, we follow those ten little dumplings as they grow into ten fine men.
But if you look very closely, you will see someone else there with all those little boys.
As it turns out, there is a daughter in this family, too, and she has a story of her own.
I love that this book is based on the author’s family and that she used this book to tell the story of an overlooked aunt among the story of her many uncles.
The illustrations by Cindy Wume are phenomenal. Not only are they adorable, but I love that there is a search-and-find element, as you look for the hidden daughter of the family on every spread.
Ten Little Dumplings officially releases next Tuesday (January 5, 2021) but you can preorder it today wherever you normally purchase books, including Bookshop and Amazon. (Please Note: These are affiliate links. I will receive a small commission from purchases made using these links at no additional cost to you. This commission will be used to maintain this website and continue to bring content to you.)
I would like to thank Penguin Random House Tundra Books for providing me with a review copy of Ten Little Dumplings. It was an absolute joy to read!