Growing Vegetable Soup

Growing Vegetable Soup

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by Lois Ehlert

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A father and child share the simple joy of planting, watering, and watching seeds grow in the family garden.  See more details below


A father and child share the simple joy of planting, watering, and watching seeds grow in the family garden.

Editorial Reviews

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.
Children's Literature
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
From the Publisher
“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

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
Voyager Bks.
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
[set star]"This is the boldest, brassiest garden book to hit the market,
and what a delight."—School Library Journal

"A zesty introduction to vivid, abstract art. Both Ehlert's illustrations and her basic instructions shed light and color on the simple pleasures of gardening."—Publishers Weekly

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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Growing Vegetable Soup 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Umastar More than 1 year ago
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.