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Where did ramen come from?
This is 1st English children's book on ramen ever!
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For ramen lovers of all ages!

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The Discovery of Ramen
The Asian Hall of Fame

Written by Phil Amara and Oliver Chin
Illustrated by Juan Calle

$16.95, hardcover, 40 Pages,
ISBN: 978-1-59702-134-0, 9.5 x 10

Ramen has never been more popular around the world (especially in the USA).

The Discovery of Ramen is the first English children's book on the topic.

Dao is an adorable red panda who can travel back in time and place! He befriends the curious kids Ethan and Emma and transports them in the blink of an eye to Asia. Together they (and appreciative readers) have fun discovering how some very cool creations were invented there. If only every school field trip was like this!

In this debut story, Ethan and Emma follow a delicious smell to a tasty bowl of noodles. Dao appears to magically guides them back in time to discover how ramen came to be!

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More praise for Ramen

Ethan "A cross-cultural gem! What a creative and wonderful way to share history, culture and food. The delightful story and the adorable characters keep youngsters engaged from cover to cover."
- Lori Matoba, Deputy Director, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California

"Take some ramen, add two kids and a talking red panda, mix in some time travel and super cute art and you have the recipe for a very tasty book."
- Dan Goodsell, author of Krazy Kids Food

"Now I'm hungry for noodles! My kids loved the book immediately when they saw it. My 8 year old wanted to read it on her own."
- Kaye Puhlmann, co-founder, Storybird

"I really enjoyed reading about the history of ramen, and I suspect that whether your kids are already fans of these curly noodles in their various forms or not, this is a book that will definitely tempt their taste buds.... The Discovery of Ramen is also a wonderful and tasty way to introduce young readers to Japanese history and culture."
- Randomly Reading

Thanks to our Kickstarter backers, including our "2 star and above" supporters:
Sarah Ying, Cheryl Fisher, Greg Wing, Susie Tsai, Andy Lange, Tony Wong, Amy Chong, Tina Ma, Bob Besso, Angela Ma, Georgia Abelardo, Dougty, Taejoon Ahn, Katie Wolver, Kathleen Liu, Makiko Kitago, George Wu, Aaron Mosier, Wen Shen, John Richards, and Delsa Rendon.

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Emma "Perhaps no dish says more about our hunger for Asian food today than ramen. This delightful tale shares the story of how this iconic noodle journeyed from China to worldwide acclaim as both comfort food and instant grub, beloved by bellies of all ages. Thanks for spreading awareness of Asian culture through its delicious cuisine!"
- Danielle Chang, Founder of Luckyrice

"Kids won't realize how much they're learning as they surf, fly, and slurp their way along the magical ramen trail in this dynamic, fun, and fact-packed story."
- Dr. Marjorie Coughlan, Editor, Mirrors Windows Doors

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Leveled Reading

Lexile Level: 680L
Lexile Code: AD "adult directed"
Fountas & Pinnel (F&P GRL): P
GLE (Grade Level): 3
Interest Level: K-5
Reading Recovery Level (RRL):