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Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months

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Overview

'Each month is gay, each season nice, when eating chicken soup with rice.'

Author Biography: Maurice Sendak received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and he remains the only American ever awarded this honor. In 1983 Sendak received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, given in recognition of his entire body of work. He also received a 1996 National Medal of Arts in ...

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Overview

'Each month is gay, each season nice, when eating chicken soup with rice.'

Author Biography: Maurice Sendak received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and he remains the only American ever awarded this honor. In 1983 Sendak received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, given in recognition of his entire body of work. He also received a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America.

"Each month is gay, each season is nice, when eating chicken soup with rice." It's nice in January, April, June, and December--here's the every-month dishfor everyone to remember. Full color.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789995249564
  • Publisher: Weston Woods
  • Publication date: 11/1/1985
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: UNABRIDGED

Meet the Author

Maurice Sendak

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.

He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.

He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.

Biography

"I never wrote a book where I taught a lesson," Maurice Sendak once bragged in an interview. Fans of his lyrical, lushly illustrated picture books know Sendak has a far more important mission. Rather than instructing his young readers in proper manners, the man who's been called "the Picasso of children's books" has been a vital, expressive voice for children's feelings.

Sendak first honed his art as an illustrator for writers like Ruth Krauss and Else Holmelund Minarek. He explored different styles of drawing and painting, influenced by sources as diverse as William Blake, Randolph Caldecott and Walt Disney.

In the '50s and early '60s, Sendak began to write his own books, and to forge his own distinctive visual style. The most popular of the works produced in what he later called his "apprenticeship period" was The Nutshell Library, a collection of four tiny books (2 1/2 by 4 inches wide) that was instantly and enduringly popular.

His first mature work, Where the Wild Things Are (1963), was a watershed both in Sendak's career and the history of children's literature. It tells the story of a boy named Max, whose mother sends him to his room without supper, calling him a "wild thing." Max makes an imaginary journey to a land of monsters, where he's crowned King of All Wild Things. But his longing for comfort and security return him at last to his room, where he finds his supper waiting for him. Some adults were dismayed by the book's ferocious-looking monsters and its belligerent young hero. "It is not a book to be left where a sensitive child may come upon it at twilight," one librarian cautioned.

Despite the warnings, Where the Wild Things Are was a huge commercial success, and was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1964. In his acceptance speech, Sendak seemed to address his critics when he said that despite adults' desires to protect children from "painful experiences," the fact is "that from their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions, that fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, that they continually cope with frustration as best they can. And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things."

In the following years, Sendak illustrated dozens of books, and wrote and illustrated several more of his own, including In the Night Kitchen (1970) and Outside Over There (1981), which he considered to be the second and third parts of a trilogy that began with Where the Wild Things Are. A lover of theatre, he has also designed and produced numerous operas, plays and ballets.

Though his work has sometimes been controversial, Sendak is now renowned for his ability to recall, depict and transform the painful realities of childhood into what John Gardner, reviewing one of Sendak's books, called "not an ordinary children's book done extraordinarily well, but something different in kind from an ordinary children's book: a profound work of art for children."

Good To Know

In 1948, Maurice Sendak and his brother Jack took six model toys to the toy store F.A.O. Schwarz, which they hoped would commission a set. The store turned down the toys, but offered Maurice a job as a window display designer, which he took.

Sendak wrote Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or, There Must Be More to Life, in tribute to his beloved dog. The book's protagonist, like Sendak's pet, is a Sealyham terrier named Jennie. Years later, Sendak got a German shepherd, who already had a name when he adopted it. The dog was named Max, just like Sendak's most famous character.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Maurice Bernard Sendak (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Ridgefield, Connecticut
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 10, 1928
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      Art Students' League

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    My five year old loves to read it over and over

    My son loves this book and its simple enough for him to read by himself. He loves to go through the months and never seems to tire of it.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    MY FAVORITE

    We read this book as a class in second grade, and have been looking for a copy since then and have found it here. I am so excited to order it!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    My son likes it

    This book with others from the same author was a gift for my 3 years old little one for his birthday from a dear friend who remembers what her kids used to like and read when they were same age. I like its simple wording and sentences and my son has been asking it to re-read for him for many times and is one of his favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2007

    Getting a second copy...

    My original copy from my childhood was just destroyed in a flood in my basement. This is one of the few books we decided to replace because of my new daughter. When it was destroyed, I was devistated because of how much I wanted to read it to her at bedtime when she got a little older 'she's only four months', and now I am eagerly awaiting my new copy to be delivered! The best book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2007

    i LOVED this book!

    OMG! i was just looking around on this website, looking for some books for summer reading, and i came across this book (i get easily distracted hehe) and it immediately got me remembering elementary school. in proabably 1st grade, i remember checking out Chicken Soup with Rice, and reading it a hundred times. but then, it being due back to the library, so i would take it back, then the next day, come back to the library and check out the book again, then read it a hundred times.. well, you get the point... i LOVED this book, and i would totaly reccomend it to any child, or adult with still a child in them. also, kindergarden teachers, this is a great book to help kids learn the months of the year. 5 STARS! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2006

    A Great Way to Learn

    My teacher used this book in 1st grade to teach us the months of the year. I loved it because we got to sing. I still remember the way the songs go, even though I have forgotten the words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2006

    Sweet memories **

    I loved and still love this book! It reminds me of 2nd grade and brings back loads of wonderful memories! That was 11 yrs ago....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2006

    An All-Time Favorite!!!

    This was my favorite book when I was little, we still have my tattered, taped copy of the original 1962 publication! Every child should own a copy of 'Chicken Soup With Rice'!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2005

    I LOVE IT!!

    This was one of my favorite stories as a child and now that Im expecting my first child, I am eagerly awaiting the nights when I can read this to my child for a bedtime story. A MUST HAVE!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2005

    Chicken Soup with Rice

    Throught the day, I hear my 5 year old son reciting the different poems from this book 'Chicken Soup With Rice'. Each day in school his teacher would have the class read that mounths poem. Now while he does things around the the house, like getting dressed, eating, playing or coloring or even while we are driving in the car, he will be saying one of these poems They are very cute poems and they make him happy. So when the school year ended for the summer I just had to go out and get the book so that he would always have the poems to remember.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2005

    An old favorite

    This was my favorite when I was little. I have the 1962 hard back publishing (I'm 22). I had a tape to go with the book at one point, the book was sung. I still remember the song and find myself singin the book as I read it. I love the book so much I recently bought a 1992 copy of the book at a used book sale. Maurice Sendak is fantastic. His stories are timeless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    a good swingy rhythm for reading aloud

    This is a great little book to read aloud- it has a nice rhythm as well as good repetition that little ones like, in the lines about 'chicken soup with rice'. The child gets to go through the months of the year and go to wonderful places like Bombay and down the Nile, all the while, eating, well, you know what they get to eat. Some kids will have Maurice Sendak's version of ice skating or how to treat roses in their heads for a long time and they won't even know where it came from. Surprise! It came from this little witty book. :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2004

    'chicken soup with rice, please'

    This morning I spoke with my four-year-old niece, and asked what she was going to have for breakfast. She replied, 'Nothing, but I'm having chicken soup with rice at home.' Later today, my sister explained that Chloe's 'latest thing' was wanting chicken soup with rice since her teacher had read this book to her class. So, here I am on B&N.com to buy a copy for my niece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2003

    Sipping Chicken Soup w/ Rice!

    I am 25, w/ no kids, but plenty of nieces and nephews, and co-workers with kids who need to have this book! I remember having to harmonize to this book for music class (a song version different than the original) for a grade! I love this book, and if ever i have children, I would get all of Maurice's books for him/her!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2003

    My Favorite All Time Book

    This is an absolutely fabulous book that I have loved since I was old enough to hear it. I am starting a family of my own now and can't wait to share the book with my own children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2003

    My favorite book of months

    I am 36 years old and I started singing the song 'Chicken Soup with Rice' to my three children about three years ago. I also took the time to share the song version with a 2nd grade class and they loved it. I learned the song in elementary school and have kept it with me until this day. My 8 year old son and I were just singing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2003

    Still full of magic and fun

    This was my favorite book when I was a young child and still holds a special place in my heart. Whenever the calendar moves to a new month I can still hear the rhymes pouring out of my memory. I can not count the times I have found myself singing 'In January it's so nice, eating chicken soup with rice...' Can you guess what my favorite kind of soup was as a kid? All my thanks go to Maurice Sendak for this masterpiece!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2002

    Loved this book since I was a little girl, will always love it

    This book is an excellant example of combining learning with fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2001

    Great read-a-loud. Joyous Sing-a-loud!

    This is the very best book of a set of tiny books by Maurice Sendak called The Nutshell Library. If you don't know the tune you can very likely find someone who does. Chicken Soup BEGS to be sung. (The original Really Rosie recording was by Carole King and included all the other great Nutshell Library songs too) This larger book format is better for the hundreds of readings this book is sure to get. (Actually the hardback version would be even better.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2001

    I highly recommend this book

    I had this book as a child and I read it so much that the book fell apart. I also rememeber having a record to go along with this book that included a character called 'Really Rosie' and if I'm not mistaken the songs were sung by Carly Simon. I'm searching for this record. It was my favorite as a child and I look forward to reading it to my 4 yr. o

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