A young girl living in Ukraine hates the red, thick, disgusting beet and vegetable soup known as borsch. But all Ukrainians are supposed to love it. Even the grandmothers of Kiev cannot get her to change her mind about it. When she immigrates to the U.S., she finds that she doesn’t like American food, especially the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, flat and shiny square cheese, and the mysterious pumpkin spice latte. She then finds borsch recipes hidden in her suitcase and she is transported back home. She makes the soup and invites everyone to eat her borsch. Illustrations created with acrylic, pencils, and digital collage, with splashes of borsch-bright red add to the fun in this story of rejecting and then embracing one’s culture. An author’s note and a recipe for borsch are included. mjw
|Title: I Hate Borsch!
Author: Yevgenia Nayberg
Illustrator: Yevgenia Nayberg
Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. Grand Rapids, Michigan
Original Language: English
Hardcover pages: 56
Age range: 4-8
Genre: Picture book
Book setting: Ukraine and U.S.
Author’s ethnicity: Ukrainian
Author’s residence: New York
Illustrator’s ethnicity: Ukrainian
Illustrator’s residence: New York
Subjects: Cultures, Eastern Europe, Emigration, Food, Heritage, Immigration, Picky eaters, Soup, Recipes, Sunflowers, Vegetables