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Sheshe's Soulful Kitchen: Cooking with Grandma

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"Sheshe's Soulful Kitchen: Cooking with Grandma" is a heartwarming tale that follows the journey of a young black girl named Sheshe as she discovers the art of cooking soul food under the loving guidance of her wise and experienced grandmother. 

Set in a vibrant community deeply rooted in African American heritage, the story unfolds as Sheshe eagerly steps into her grandmother's bustling kitchen, a place where the flavors of tradition and love blend harmoniously. Through the sizzle of pans and the tantalizing aromas that fill the air, Sheshe begins to unlock the secrets of soul food.

Beyond the recipes, "Sheshe's Soulful Kitchen" also touches upon the importance of family, community, and the unbreakable bond between generations. Sheshe's relationship with her grandmother blossoms, as the young girl absorbs not only culinary wisdom but also life lessons and a sense of pride in her heritage.

Through vivid illustrations, this enchanting but short book invites readers of all ages to celebrate the traditions and flavors of soul food. It honors the resilience and strength of the African American community, recognizing the ancestors who cultivated these culinary traditions and passed them on as a gift of love.

"Sheshe's Soulful Kitchen: Cooking with Grandma" serves as a delightful reminder of the power of food to bring people together, preserve cultural heritage, and nurture the soul. It is a testament to the timeless connection between generations and the beauty of embracing one's roots through the art of cooking.

ISBN: 978-1-0881-4484-8


  • JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Cooking & Food
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Diversity & Multicultural

Lexile Range: 410L-600L (Grade 1-3)

Audience: Juvenile (Child 5-8)

Page count: 26

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Author's Biography


Shakeema Funchess is an inspiring author who is making a difference in the lives of young readers. She is a graduate of Saint Bonaventure University and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and pre-law. She minored in Arabic and Islamic Studies. Born and raised in bustling cities in New York, Funchess developed a love for writing and storytelling at a young age. After completing her education, Funchess began her career as a writer, focusing on creating stories that would empower and inspire young readers. She drew upon her own experiences as an African American woman to create relatable characters that would help children understand the complexities of the world around them. She is deeply committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in her writing, and her stories often feature characters from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Funchess is known for her dynamic and engaging artistic style, which is both educational and entertaining. Her stories often tackle difficult topics such as racism, discrimination, and prejudice, but always do so with a message of hope and resilience. She is also a dedicated advocate for literacy and education and has worked tirelessly to promote the importance of reading and writing skills among young people. She wants her books to captivate and inspire young readers, and she remains committed to creating stories that promote diversity, kindness, empathy, and understanding.

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