In light of my post a few weeks back about chopsticks in the garden, I want to share this cute book I picked up at our local library.
Chopsticks (2012), by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Scott Magoon, is an endearing and hilarious tale of best pals who are literally inseparable, until one of the “sticks” breaks his tip while karate-chopping an asparagus. You’ve got to see the illustrations—zany fun!
Chopstick #1 doesn’t leave Chopstick #2’s side while his friend heals, but after much persuasion, Chopstick #1 ventures out into the world to see what one lone chopstick can do. He masquerades as a veggie skewer, pick-up stick, cupcake tester, and conductor’s baton before returning to his pal Chopstick #2 (now healed) and realizing that being apart has made them even stronger. Then, off the pair goes to share new adventures (as drumsticks and a compass).
The anthropomorphic illustrations (teabags and whisks--even pick-up sticks--with faces) and the pun-filled text (i.e. the sugar packet says, “Sweet!”) will keep you and your child giggling. And you just might discover some new uses for one or two of your own chopsticks.