Hammer Soup

Hammer Soup

by Ingrid Schubert, Dieter Schubert
     
 


Kate lives in a nice, tidy little house and keeps busy doing chores, but she's not exactly friendly. When Bruce decides to build a home next door, all that banging infuriates her. He offers her dandelion tea, but she says no. How about fishing? No! Soon winter is upon them. While Kate is warm and well fed in her home, Bruce is shivering and hungry in his shack.…  See more details below

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Kate lives in a nice, tidy little house and keeps busy doing chores, but she's not exactly friendly. When Bruce decides to build a home next door, all that banging infuriates her. He offers her dandelion tea, but she says no. How about fishing? No! Soon winter is upon them. While Kate is warm and well fed in her home, Bruce is shivering and hungry in his shack. How the two eventually bond over Bruce's unusual ""hammer soup"" makes for an enchanting, vividly drawn tale of unexpected friendship and the joy of sharing.

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""The Schuberts have created a book full of love that children and parents will turn to again and again.""
Children's Literature
A hammer here is the substitute for the traditional stone in the soup in this refreshing variation on the old folk theme. Two neighbors live contrasting lives. Tidy Kate never shares her carefully tended vegetables. While she works away, next door a giant named Bruce builds a ramshackle house, plays, and fishes the days away. He, however, does leave fish for Kate. She declines all his invitations, and when winter arrives, has no pity for him in his drafty house as he keeps postponing work until tomorrow. One night a storm sweeps his house away. Kate feels she must invite him into her house, but tells him she will not share her food. Bruce then teaches her how to make "hammer soup." They finally meet somewhere between his life style and hers. Light-hearted naturalistic watercolors successfully create Kate's world in appealing detail. Although unmentioned in the text, her cat and Bruce's dog, along with some bunnies and a sprightly rooster flesh out the simple tale, adding visual attractions and considerable humor. The hammer amid the spread of vegetables on the end-papers demonstrates what's needed for the successful soup. There is a touch of the grasshopper and the ant in the "soup" here as well. 2003, Front Street/Lemniscaat, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Through a combination of classic themes and wonderfully detailed, quirky watercolors, this oft-told tale comes to life. Hardworking Kate is neat and tidy, and her garden is well tended, but she does not like to share. Bruce the giant builds a lopsided, rickety shack next door, and he would much rather spend his time fishing and playing than getting ready for winter. When the harsh weather comes, his house is blown away and he loses everything. Kate opens her house to him, but with the reminder that he may not share her food. His solution is to make soup from water, salt, and a hammer. He says it would be delicious if he only had some nails and bolts, but sausage and vegetables could be used in a pinch (sound familiar?). Children will delight in the whimsical illustrations as well as in the humor of this book; although the story would be a great read-aloud, the details in the paintings beg to be pored over up close.-Genevieve Gallagher, Orange County Public Library, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The Schuberts dish up a nourishing broth, using "Stone Soup" and "Grasshopper and the Ants" as main ingredients. Hardworking, pest-hating Kate is infuriated when a genial giant, Bruce, cobbles together a ramshackle cabin next door-and even more so at his lackadaisical way with putting off till tomorrow what, in her view, should be done right now. When an ensuing winter storm blows his shack away, she reluctantly invites him into her cozy home-but refuses to feed him from her industriously gathered stores, until he proposes making soup from his small hammer. All he needs is a pot. . . . Children will enjoy contrasting the mild-mannered giant with his diminutive, type-A neighbor, as well as their respective homes-hers wonderfully tidy, with an adjacent, thoroughly weeded garden strewn with warning signs: his, thrown together from junk and mismatched parts-both rendered with engagingly exact detail in the pictures. By the end, Kate has lightened up, Bruce has shown at least a sign of changing his ways, and the two, along with their respective pets, are positively radiating good fellowship. Beautiful soup. (Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932425024
Publisher:
Lemniscaat USA
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
1 - 8 Years

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