Book: Theo’s Deliciously Different Dumplings (Bundled)


In Theo’s Deliciously Different Dumplings, an ECSELent Adventures story, Theo is nervous about his first day at a new school. A lunch box full of his favorite homemade dumplings is just the thing to make him feel better . . . or is it? One teasing classmate isn’t so sure about this unfamiliar food, and he isn’t shy about letting Theo know. Learn, grow, and develop alongside Theo and his classmates as they discover the importance of understanding, accepting, and embracing the many wonderful things that make us different, as well as one thing we all have in common-our emotions!

Theo and friends (characters in Housman Institute’s ECSELent Adventures program) invite children to join them as they begin to understand and manage their own emotions and those of others, all while exploring what makes them unique and what binds them together, and discovering everyone’s ability to accept and embrace differences.

  • Reading age: 4-8 years
  • Language: English
  • Print length: 32 pages

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Theo’s Deliciously Different Dumplings” is Dr. Donna Housman’s second book in the book series “ECSELent Adventures with Hemmy and Shemmy” for children ages from 4 through 8 intended to show children that everyone is different in some way, and difference is a part of life. Everyone has things that make them unique – be it skin color, hair texture, body shape, gender, temperament, religious beliefs, ethnic or cultural background, and more.

Parents, educators, and caregivers are vital in helping children learn that noticing differences is normal. Children must and can be taught that differences are something to be celebrated, not something to fear, mock, run away from, or even hate.



  • Social-Emotional Focus: This book lays the foundation for understanding, accepting, and embracing difference by helping young children understand the importance of listening to others and appreciating and welcoming diversity.
  • Reader Notes, Tips, and Guiding Questions: “Theo’s Deliciously Different Dumplings” contains tips for readers when talking about diversity and differences with young children and over 20 guiding questions for social-emotional learning.
  • Book Series: “Theo’s Deliciously Different Dumplings” is the second book in the book series “The ECSELent Adventures of Hemmy and Shemmy” and was spotlighted by Foreword Reviews as a book they recommend.



Donna Housman headshot

Dr. Donna Housman has spent her professional career in the world of early childhood development and education. Believing that it is far easier to prevent than repair, Dr. Housman founded Housman Institute, along with its lab school and early childhood development center, based on emotional foundations of learning and cognition and informed by research in neuroscience, child development, and early education. Seizing the opportunity to inform the architecture of the brain in the earliest years, her Emotional, Cognitive, and Social Early Learning (ECSEL) approach promotes healthy brain development and a positive sense of self by fostering the building blocks of emotional intelligence starting from birth.

Dr. Housman has trained thousands of early childhood educators, children, and families in her ECSEL approach while being a consistent source of vital counsel and guidance for families and educators on young children’s social and emotional development.

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Weight 0.79 kg
Dimensions 25.4 × 27.94 × 1.27 cm
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