Evening Meals Around the World

Michele Zurakowski


This read aloud is planned for first graders. “Evening Meals Around the World,” is a multicultural picture book that focuses on the different evening meals people have from all around the world. Zurakowski has written two other books that focus on multicultural food; “Midday Meals Around the word,” and “Snack Time Around the World.” Each of the books were illustrated by Jeff Yesh.

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Many different cultures are represented in the book. Each page focuses on a different culture. The typical evening meal is described in the text. The illustrations show how the food is served, eaten, and the dress of the people in the culture.

The books includes many “minority” groups equally. Each page focuses on a different country and their typical evening meal. They are all represented equally and in a positive manner.

Many different foods are represented in the book. Each food is identified by the name given to it by the culture is originates from, followed by a brief description of what it is and what it is typically served with.


Evening: the period of time at the end of the day, usually from about 6 p.m. to bedtime.

Variety: the quality or state of being different or diverse; the absence of uniformity, sameness, or monotony.

CHAMPs before reading

Before reading ask the prior knowledge questions. Discuss the vocabulary words.

Read the story.

Ask post reading questions.

Before Reading

Today we are going to read “Evening Meals Across the World.” What do you think this book is going to be about? Talk with your shoulder partner. (ask two to three students what they said)

What time of day do you think it will be during this story? (ask SP) What does evening mean, when do you think it starts? (ask SP)

What do you guys have for dinner? (ask SP) Do you think everyone eats about the same thing? (ask SP)

In this story we will see a large variety of foods. Discuss variety.

After Reading

We read about a large variety of foods that people have for their evening meals. Were there any foods that you think you might want to try sometime?