Mean Soup

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Overview

It has been a bad day for Horace. A very bad day. He’s come home feeling mean. But his mother knows just what to do! “For the book Mean Soup, the recipe is as follows: (1) clever text spiced with one or two outrageous bits; (2) a grand message about getting out anger instead of locking it inside; and (3) exciting artwork as full of life as the story.”—Booklist

Horace feels really mean at the end ...

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Overview

It has been a bad day for Horace. A very bad day. He’s come home feeling mean. But his mother knows just what to do! “For the book Mean Soup, the recipe is as follows: (1) clever text spiced with one or two outrageous bits; (2) a grand message about getting out anger instead of locking it inside; and (3) exciting artwork as full of life as the story.”—Booklist

Horace feels really mean at the end of a bad day, until he helps his mother make Mean Soup.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Horace's mother cooks up an antidote to a bad day in a story that ``bubbles with a building excitement''; paintings ``convey all of the feisty emotion of a frustrated youngster,'' said PW. Ages 3-8.(Mar.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Acting out and anger beg for resolution and authentic teaching today means helping children look at the issues that burn inside them. Books can be great openers to discuss the issues that surround children and the feelings that surface because of their difficulties. This book gives young children playful ways to cope with anger. "It had been a bad day for Horace," begins the picture book, and a list of complaints follow that range from the common to the comical. Horace arrives home in a horrible state and his mother responds by suggesting they make mean soup. Together they scream into the pot, stick out their tongues, and breathe "dragon breath" before "stirring away a bad day." The flamboyant colors and loose art styles are perfect models for losing a little control before gaining it back.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152002275
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 119,580
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.64 (h) x 0.14 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2006

    great book

    loved this book. Very fun to read with the kids

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2004

    A Favorite

    My oldest son, now 11, loved this book when he was a pre-schooler. I was unpacking some of his old books for my youngest, now 3, last week and came across this one again. My 3 year old loves the story just as much! We have read it together at least 20 times in the past week. The story is simple and touching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2001

    You never know

    I discovered this book at the library. My 3 year old chooses her own, so you never know what you get until you read them. To our suprise Kate and I loved this book so much that I bought two. One for her shelf and one for her preschool. This book is a wonderfull book for teaching how to cope with bad days. I give it 5+.

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