Written by; Tina Cho
Illustrated by; Guy Wolek
Published by; Harvest House (2020)
Themes: Diversity, Faith, Compassion
Synopsis: From Amazon: For more than 2,000 years, people have started their day with a delicious meal in their bellies and the love of Jesus in their hearts. From bacon and eggs in the heart of North America to fresh baked bread in Antarctica, believers from each continent gather in the morning to share good food and conversation, giving thanks to God for all the wonderful things He’s done.
Inspired by the events found in John 21 where Jesus feeds his disciples, MyBreakfast with Jesus celebrates breakfast traditions from around the world. Your child will see people from all ethnicities following Jesus’s model of service: loving others by meeting their physical and spiritual needs.
This lovingly written and beautifully illustrated book will help your child make the connection between faith, food, and fellowship.
Why I like it: This beautiful book shows families enjoying breakfast in different parts of the world. The vibrant bold illustrations show diversity, inclusiveness, food preparations and the varied foods eaten around the world. An educational book for children to learn about different cultures and foods they eat.
Tina is a dear critique buddy and friend whom I met up with a couple of years ago in Sth Korea on my way to Europe. I asked Tina how she came up with the idea for this story?
Tina; My agent Adria suggested I write a story about food and different cultures based on John 21, where Jesus cooks breakfast for his disciples.
I asked Tina if it was easy or difficult to come up with the refrain?
Tina; It wasn’t until draft 8 that I came up with my refrain. Previously, I tried to write the story showing what a child was eating every hour around the globe, it was too difficult After a critique partner suggested to concentrate just on breakfast, did it all come together. So stories evolve and morph into something wonderful, but it takes time.
In the drafts Tina had facts already listed in side bars through-out the text I asked if she had anything specific that she wanted the illustrator to know or did she leave it all up to the illustrator. Tina said she had no contact with the illustrator until he was done and then they asked for her opinions. Only the Korean spread needed redoing again.
This is a very beautiful and timely book reminding us that we are all one. This book is available here…. https://www.booktopia.com.au/my-breakfast-with-jesus-tina-cho/book/9780736977128.html