Okra Stew: A Gullah Geechee Family Celebration (Hardcover)
This rhythmic, joyous picture book from Natalie Daise, the co-star of the hit Nickelodeon show "Gullah Gullah Island," celebrates a special day of father-son cooking, and serves up a love letter to food, family, Gullah Geechee culture, and tradition—and includes the author's own recipe!
Papa has something special planned for tonight’s family dinner—and Bobo can’t wait! Excited to learn how to make okra stew like his ancestors, Bobo helps Papa pick veggies from the garden, catch shrimp from the creek, rain down rice in the pot, simmer the stew, and even make a tasty side of cornbread. When the stew begins to bubble and pop, Bobo and his family gather around for a mouthwatering feast. Perfect for fans of Fry Bread, My Papi Has a Motorcycle, and Thank You, Omu!
* "A loving family, a verdant garden, and Gullah Geechee traditions are key ingredients to this delightful stew of a story.'" —Kirkus, starred review
Natalie Daise is a magnetic performer, speaker, and artist who has long connected with young people in her community and beyond, sharing Gullah songs and traditions. Best known as the co-star of the hit Nickelodeon show "Gullah Gullah Island," Natalie is embarking on a new form of storytelling with her debut picture book, Okra Stew, and hopes to continue to entertain, educate, empower and inspire. She has been married to Ron Daise, her cheerleader, supporter, and committed partner in creativity and life since 1985. They have two children, Sara and Simeon, by birth, and one, Sabrina, by heart.
A 2024 ALSC Notable Children's Book
A 2024 Southern Book Prize Nominee
* "A loving family, a verdant garden, and Gullah Geechee traditions are key ingredients to this delightful stew of a story. Delicious from 'dayclean' to 'when the sun red fa down.'" —Kirkus, starred review
* "A beautiful and delicious story that celebrates family and traditions.'" —School Library Journal, starred review
"Daise’s picture book celebrates the deep bond between father and son while also introducing readers to the beautiful and lively Gullah culture. The composition and rhythmic text add energy to the melodious atmosphere . . . An expression of gratitude in the vein of Fry Bread." —BCCB