Skip to main content

Tastespotting (Part I) in Dragonwings

A food scene from Dragonwings by Laurence Yep (HarperTrophy, 1977):


There were men in long narrow stalls set against the sides of buildings who sold toys and different candies--one a type of sweet but hot-tasting, candied ginger that was a bright orange-red in color. There were dried fruits that you could buy--sweet, semi-sweet, or salty. These you sucked inside your mouth till all the flavor was gone, and then you stripped the moistened meat away from the seed. There were apricot candies pressed flat into wafers; thin, white, curled strips of coconut candy; several kinds of disclike rice cookies; and so on.

Comments

  1. Ooo new feature where you spotlight food in books? Remind me not to read your blog when I'm hungry! I had to read Dragonwings in 6th grade and I barely remebered. I know I didn't love it but that could very well be a result of being forced to read it in school. I want to read more Laurence Yep books and I do love historical fiction so maybe I'll pick this book up...I really liked his ballet books.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh yesssssss, will post food scenes from books as often as possible. Mwahahahaha.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Ako'y Isang Mabuting Pilipino (I Am A Good Filipino) by Noel Cabangon and Jomike Tejido

This one is a real crowd pleaser: Ako'y Isang Mabuting Pilipino , Lampara Books ' 2012 picture book adaptation of Noel Cabangon 's song, with Cabangon's original Filipino lyrics, functional English translations by Becky Bravo , and illustrations by Jomike Tejido ! Cabangon's inspiring lyrics remind children of the ways they can be good Filipinos, such as doing their best in school and obeying their parents. There are plenty of reminders for adults too, such as following traffic rules and not selling their votes during elections. Tejido's illustrations are warm and wholesome, acrylic paintings on hand-woven mats that depict different ways to be good citizens.    You just can't go wrong with Ako'y Isang Mabuting Pilipino ! Children and adults will understand and appreciate the lyrics and paintings. The chords of the song are provided, so music lovers can play and sing along. There are notes and guide questions for educators. There is even

GIVEAWAY: Bumasa at Lumaya 2: A Sourcebook on Children's Literature in the Philippines

I'm giving away three copies of   Bumasa at Lumaya 2: A Sourcebook on Children's Literature in the Philippines  (Anvil Publishing Inc., 2016)! This is a collection of English and Filipino essays, interviews, and other discussions edited by Ani Rosa Almario, Neni Sta. Romana Cruz, and Ramon C. Sunico, trailblazers in the Philippines' children's book industry. For a chance to win a copy of   Bumasa at Lumaya 2 , all you need to do is leave a comment on this post. Write your name, email address, and one sentence about why you want to learn more about Filipino children's literature. I will randomly select three winners at 9 p.m. (Philippine time) on Wednesday, July 27. This is an international giveaway! :o) EDIT: There appears to be something wrong with the comments section. :o( I apologize for that. Please shoot an email to asiaintheheart@yahoo.com to join the giveaway! Thank you! For more information about the book, visit the other stops on the   Buma

Don't worry. You didn't miss it!

Because of Typhoon Haiyan the 3rd Filipino ReaderCon and 2nd Filipino Readers' Choice Awards ceremony were moved to Dec. 7.