Thank you, Omu! by Oge Mora
Posted on 04/15/2021
Thank you, Omu! by Oge Mora

"It's like Thanksgiving dinner, only better!

Middle Valley Elementary


Thank you, Omu! by Oge Mora is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Rivermont Elementary. Everyone in the neighborhood dreams of a taste of Omu's delicious stew! One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent. And one by one, Omu offers a portion of her meal. Soon the pot is empty. Has she been so generous that she has nothing left for herself? Debut author-illustrator Oge Mora brings to life a heartwarming story of sharing and community in colorful cut-paper designs as luscious as Omu's stew, with an extra serving of love. An author's note explains that "Omu" (pronounced AH-moo) means "queen" in the Igbo language of her parents, but growing up, she used it to mean "Grandma." This book was inspired by the strong female role models in Oge Mora's life.


Editorial Reviews


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"A memorable tale of community and the unexpected rewards of sharing."-School Library Journal, starred review

"A lovely story of giving and community founded in Nigerian culture. Delectable."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review


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Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools.  

Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts 
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21     
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023