Zachary’s Dinnertime, by Lara Levinson and Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrations)
When it’s dinnertime at home, Zachary wishes he didn’t have to help set the table, prepare the meal, or clean up after dinner. When he visits his multi-ethnic friends he is not asked to help, but he discovers the many foods and traditions of their cultures—African American, Japanese, Mexican, Israeli and Indian. He returns home eager to share his traditions with them . . . and to help with all the chores!
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Starbright Books (April 15, 2012)
First off, I absolutely love the illustrations. Cornelius Van Wright has some stellar drawing skills!
The story itself is pretty fun, too. Zachary visits his friends homes and eats dinner with them. He gets to experience many different cultures over the course of a week and then share his own culture with his friends. I like how Zach learns that helping out around the house isn’t a drudgery, although the reason WHY is somewhat vague.