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Growing Vegetable Soup

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"Dad says we are going to grow vegetable soup." So begins Lois Ehlert’s bright, bold picture book about vegetable gardening for the very young. The necessary tools are pictured and labeled, as are the seeds (green bean, pea, corn, zucchini squash, and carrot). Then the real gardening happens . . . planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, chopping, and cooking! In the end? "It was the best soup ever." Ehlert’s simple, colorful cut-paper-style illustrations are child-friendly, as is the big black type. A recipe for vegetable soup tops it all off!

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Overview

"Dad says we are going to grow vegetable soup." So begins Lois Ehlert’s bright, bold picture book about vegetable gardening for the very young. The necessary tools are pictured and labeled, as are the seeds (green bean, pea, corn, zucchini squash, and carrot). Then the real gardening happens . . . planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, chopping, and cooking! In the end? "It was the best soup ever." Ehlert’s simple, colorful cut-paper-style illustrations are child-friendly, as is the big black type. A recipe for vegetable soup tops it all off!

A father and child grow vegetables and then make them into a soup.

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“A fresh presentation of the gardening cycle with a joyful conclusion, and the added attraction of an easy and tasty recipe for vegetable soup on the flyleaf.”--School Library Journal
 
 
“Provides a healthy dose of completely digestible information on growing and nurturing living things.”--Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
Favorite titles are now available as board books for smallest hands. Upon the original publication, in 1987, of Lois Ehlert's electric-hued Growing Vegetable Soup, PW called it a "zesty introduction to vivid abstract art." With just one phrase per spread, the book makes a smooth transition to board book as it follows the long process of planting and growing ingredients for a truly homemade soup. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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The red on the cover is almost overpowering, but it surrounds a green square with a bright red tomato in the center. The family is going to grow vegetable soup. The entire cycle of raising vegetables from identifying the tools to planting seeds, tending them and watching them grow is captured in bright collage illustrations. The plants are weeded and when the vegetables are ripe, they are harvested. The soup is finally made when the vegetables are cut up and put into a pot of water. All the tools, seeds, and plants are identified making this a lesson beyond what is found in most board books—due, undoubtedly, to the book's origin as a picture book. It works well as a board book and is one that could be used in an ESOL class for older kids who may need help with reading. 2004 (orig. 1987), Red Wagon/Harcourt, Ages 6 mo. to 3.
—Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152325800
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1990
  • Series: Voyager Books Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 66,687
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

LOIS EHLERT has created many picture books, including Leaf Man, Pie in the Sky, In My World, Growing Vegetable Soup, Planting a Rainbow, and the bestselling Waiting for Wings. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2006

    My Daughter LOVES this Book

    We have a small vegetable garden, and my now 4 year old has loved this book for two years - the pictures show the different seeds, how the plants look from tiny seedlings to the different shapes of the leaves, the flowers that the plants make, and the colors of the vegetables. A nice book to show children that vegetables arent manufactured in the supermarket.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    I Thought This Book Was Going To Be The Best Ever...

    After reading all the rave reviews for this book, I was so excited to get it. Unfortunately, I don't know what most of the parents are on who wrote previous reviews - but this book was nothing like what the other people described. I was so dissapointed. They described how great the illustrations were of the vegetables - they aren't. Unless you consider solid masses of basic shapes and only ONE color a great illustration. I was so disappointed because we had just started a garden with vegetables and I thought this would be the perfect supplementary book for my one year old daughter to read to understand what was going on.

    This is a good book for teaching colors to your children, but really nothing more - even the gardening tools that are in the book are nothing but simple solid colored drawings that my daughter now at 14 months could easily draw.

    Children's minds need more than what this book can provide. The story is not engaging enough for her - the pictures don't hold her attention - and and while I haven't tried the recipe yet, it does sound tasty.

    All in all, my daughter does not like this book - and I really don't either.

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    Posted November 4, 2009

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