Thank You, Omu!

Thank You, Omu!
Illustrated and Written by Oge Mora

Publisher’s Summary:
Everyone in the neighborhood dreams of a taste of Omu’s delicious stew! One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent. And one by one, Omu offers a portion of her meal. Soon the pot is empty. Has she been so generous that she has nothing left for herself?

Primary Source Pairing:
Sweet, generous Omu! (pronounced AH-moo). Her delicious stew and welcoming, generous spirit filled others up all day long even though it left her own pot empty. Omu’s goodness came back to her in ways she did not expect and in the end, left her pot overflowing. For this primary source pairing, invite students to study a handwritten recipe for Featherlite Pancakes from Rosa Parks’ kitchen. Another generous soul, Rosa Parks wrote this recipe on the back of a bank envelope. As an extension to this story, encourage students to bring in family recipes and create a display – one that will make everyone hungry!

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • How much of the text can you read? What does it say?
  • What do you see that looks strange or unfamiliar?
  • How are the words arranged?
  • What do you notice about the page the writing appears on?
  • What do you see on the page besides writing?
  • What other details can you see?
  • What is a favorite recipe of yours? Is it written on a recipe card?

Credits:
Book Cover and Summary: Follett
Rosa Parks’ Featherlite Pancake Recipe: Library of Congress