Chopsticks, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Scott Magoon, is nominated for the 13-14 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Chopsticks is a funny, inventive picture book that I think will appeal more to older readers than younger ones. In my community, at least, very few young children even know what chopsticks are, so this book would need to be paired with some kind of demonstration on what chopsticks are and how they’re typically used. (I’ve never mastered using chopsticks, so I wouldn’t be the person to give this demonstration!)

This story is filled with little details that will cause older readers to chuckle and younger readers to wonder what is going on.

I do think the message of Chopsticks is a good one: While it is important to stick together, we become stronger when we learn to stand on our own.

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