The Great Meal teaches the meaning, preciousness, and gratitude for meals, which sometimes look boring, by looking at how the rice and the side dishes come to the table.
- Book Intro
A bowl of rice contains the whole universe!
"Meal time!" Mom calls to the child. The kid, glancing at the table, complains, "Is it rice again?" Mom begins to tell the story of the meal to the child, who sits at the table with a sullen expression.
In order for a meal to be served, somebody must make food early in the morning. You have to go shopping at the grocery store before you cook. The food in the mart comes from a big market. To get it there, someone needs to load and carry it in a big truck. But before that, people pack the food in boxes. Some people study ways to make more delicious and healthy varieties of food.
The Great Meal is a picture book that shows the cycle that connects people with nature. Starting from the table and moving through marts, auction houses, wholesale markets, ranches, seas, farms, and in rain and sunshine, this story gives you a chance to think differently about food. As you follow the path of the meal, you realize how many people's dishes come from this laborious process. As we turn the pages, the interest of the children reading the book gradually expands from themselves to others, then far away from people to nature, to the universe. At the same time, their thoughts and perspectives will expand.
Simple story and stylish drawing!
Park Kwangmyung, who wrote and illustrated this book, portrays the philosophical theme of extending out from oneself into one's surroundings, the world, and the universe using simple sentences and easy vocabulary. In addition, he uses a variety of materials and techniques, including acrylic paints, colored pencils, prints, collages, and computer graphics, to create his unique paintings. The vivid expressions and gestures of various objects and figures are elaborately rendered, and the artist's humor is well captured. Readers of this book will be able to create endless new stories and find fun hiding in every corner of the page.
- About the Author
(English) Park Kwangmyung studied Design at Hongik University and picture books at Hankyoreh Picture Book School.
He teaches children art and works as an illustrator. The Great Meal is the first picture book he has ever written and drawn.
(Japaanese) 動物と自然を愛する、絵描きです。子供たちに美術を教えながら、様々なイラストの仕事をしています。 子供の頃から心に抱いていた想像の中の物語を解き明かしていこうと思っています。
Gyeonggi-do School Librarian Council, 2016, Recommended book
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, 2015, Sejong Books for Sharing Literature