Elephant Soup


The mouse has a favorite recipe. When a mouse is feeling blue, there is only one thing that can help perk him up?a big bowl of elephant soup. He  doesn?t need much to make the soup?vegetables, salt and pepper, and an enormous pot?big enough to fit an elephant. The mouse can?t make the soup by himself. After all, he needs to capture an elephant. With the help of his friends, he manages to get an elephant in the pot. What happens next is not what the mouse and his friends expected. Here is the latest picture ...

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The mouse has a favorite recipe. When a mouse is feeling blue, there is only one thing that can help perk him up—a big bowl of elephant soup. He  doesn’t need much to make the soup—vegetables, salt and pepper, and an enormous pot—big enough to fit an elephant. The mouse can’t make the soup by himself. After all, he needs to capture an elephant. With the help of his friends, he manages to get an elephant in the pot. What happens next is not what the mouse and his friends expected. Here is the latest picture book from the imaginations of Ingrid and Dieter Schubert. With lively illustrations and a text that conveys an absurd sense of humor, this picture book is the perfect recipe for laughter.

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Center for Children's Literature, Carthage College

A celebration of the absurd, this will appeal to children who can chuckle over the impossible and respect inventiveness.  The nameless mouse hero feels "down in the dumps," but know what to do when that happens.  He gathers his friends (contacting them in a clever way) and then the horde of helpful friends make the preparations. It is indeed "simple," in words, at least.  A problem arises: despite the size of the pot, the lid won't fit.  It is a disaster that because of this there is no soup to enjoy.  But the resourceful mice make good use of the pot, nonetheless.  Who wouldn't enjoy sliding down an elephant's snout into one's own private pool? The elephant is helpful, the mice delighted, and hunger is forgotten.  Wonderfully clever! Big, double page spreads, bled to the edge, allow plenty of room for these cheerfully colored depictions of collaboration.

Midwest Book Review (July, 2010)

"Elephant Soup" is a clever child's picture book about a fantastic adventure involving hundreds of mice, a large pot of water, simmering gently over a fire, assorted vegetables, and a volunteer elephant (to flavor the soup). Outrageous, funny, appealing and slightly daft, "Elephant Soup" is sure to entice a smile out of young readers age 2-6. Amazing full color illustrations bring "Elephant Soup" to vibrant life, while cheery, cooperative, friendly mice by the hundreds troop to create their own special brand of cheer. There is a trace of Lewis Carroll-like influence in "Elephant Soup," sure to be appreciated by children everywhere.

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"Sometimes I feel down in the dumps," says a sad mouse. The only way he knows to feel better is to gather his friends and a big pot and make elephant soup. While many mice build a fire and fill the pot with water, the mouse goes out to catch an elephant. We somehow accept this absurdity as expressed in a matter-of-fact way. The recipe calls for scrubbing the elephant gently before simmering it in the pot "till nice and pink," then adding vegetables and seasoning. The elephant looks surprisingly happy enough during all this. But when the lid is put on, the elephant is just too big. What the mice and elephant do when there can be no elephant soup makes for a jolly ending to what might not have been. The elephant swings happily in a swing on the jacket, while large spoon in hand mice parade in silhouette across the end pages. A mouse carries an elephant's trunk across the title pages to set up the tale. The naturalistic mice are loaded with personality, as is the elephant, in the lively double-page illustrations. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590788073
  • Publisher: Lemniscaat USA
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ingrid and Dieter Schubert, a husband and wife team, are the creators of many award-winning picture books for children including Amazing Animals, recipient of a Nationa Parenting Publications Gold Award and Where is My Monkey?,recipient of a Golden Brush award (a Dutch award for best illustrated book).  The Schuberts were both born and raised in Germany.  Their first effort, There's a Crocodile Under my Bed! was a immediate success and was published in 14 countries.  Now their many books for children are available in 21 languages.

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