This book has a wonderful combination of the scientific, the familial, and the culinary. Lin learns the process of tofu making from her grandmother. It’s not a quick and easy process, but it seems satisfying. There’s something special about making something from scratch and spending time with a loved one while you’re at it. Also, I love tofu and it was great finding a picture book centered on it.

A young girl visits Mexico and she feels disconnected since her grandmother’s home feels strange to her and she doesn’t speak Spanish. As she interacts with family members through food, gifts, and photos, something sweet and special blossoms between Mariana and the rest of the family. This is a beautiful and heartwarming picture book, with warm and colorful illustrations that enhance the story. I look forward to reading more from the author.

Too much brown on brown in this Sunday afternoon baking pic. I made a batch of huge chocolate and pistachio cookies.

I’m looking forward to this summer release coming in July, Paula’s Patches written by Gabriella Aldeman and illustrated by Rocio Arreola.

A girl has never met her grandfather since he died before she was born. She learns tons of amazing details about him and watches her mom grieve, later making a touching realization toward the end. This is an important and needed book for children living with a grieving parent and ones who have never gotten to know one or more of their grandparents. I read this via NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher.

Pictures from yesterday’s Local Author Day at Barnes & Noble Plantation. Sita Singh and S.A Rodriguez were part of the event, and Jill Dana and Stacy B. Davids stopped by.

Some practice following tutorials. The negative painting was interesting and I’d like to do it again soon.

This cute black and white warbler flew into a window and was motionless for a few minutes. I sat with him to protect him from feral cats until he flew off. His foot also seemed okay since he perched on a bush shortly after. 😅

A girl with cerebral palsy has a paint brush strapped to her forehead. When she makes art to express herself, her movements resemble those of a woodpecker. It takes a long time to make art this way, but she continues to show her inner world to the outer world. This story is sure to leave an impression on any reader. Also, the illustrations are gorgeous.

I just finished this powerful memoir and I already want to listen to it again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’ll be signing books at a South Florida author event next Saturday, May 13, at Barnes & Noble Plantation.

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