Dumpling Dreams

How Joyce Chen Brought the Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge

Dumpling Dreams

Illustrated by: Katy Wu
For Ages: 4 - 8
“A fascinating historical character is presented in terms easy for young children to appreciate.” —Kirkus Reviews

In this inspiring, mouthwatering story, get to know Chef Joyce Chen who is famous for popularizing Chinese food in the northeastern United States.

How far can an apron,
a bowl, or a book
take one small Chinese girl
with a passion to cook?

From peach blossom Beijing,
to crisp Cambridge snow,
how far will her dumpling dreams
help Joyce Chen go?

Carrie Clickard’s delectable rhymes tell the story of how Joyce Chen, a girl born in Communist China, immigrated to the United States and popularized Chinese cooking. Illustrator Katy Wu brings this inspiring story beautifully and deliciously to life.
  • Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books | 
  • 48 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781481467070 | 
  • September 2017 | 
  • Grades P - 3
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About the Author

Carrie Clickard

Carrie Clickard has worked as a copywriter, pressroom manager, marketing VP, and colorguard instructor. She credits her dazzling career success to a firm belief that dragons exist and that competitive baton twirling should be an Olympic sport. When she’s not safely tucked behind her computer monitor writing stories, Carrie tours the world in the company of family, friends, and her four-pound poodle, Pandora. She lives in Gainesville, Florida. Learn more at CLClickard.com.