Mud Soup (Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 3 Book)

Mud Soup (Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 3 Book)

by Judith Head, Susan Guevara, Judy Jarret
     
 

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Josh's best friend, Rosa, loves mud soup. What's worse, she keeps trying to get Josh to taste it. He's been able to escape so far, but that's all about to change. In this simple, multicultural story, kids will relate to Josh's food anxiety, and page by page, their anticipation will grow along with his until they find out what's really in mud soup. Recipe included!
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Josh's best friend, Rosa, loves mud soup. What's worse, she keeps trying to get Josh to taste it. He's been able to escape so far, but that's all about to change. In this simple, multicultural story, kids will relate to Josh's food anxiety, and page by page, their anticipation will grow along with his until they find out what's really in mud soup. Recipe included!


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Children's Literature
Josh notices that Rosa always brings "mud soup" to school and he is grossed out. He doesn't want to hurt Rosa's feelings when she offers him a taste, and diffuses the offers each time. When he sees Rosa's mama and abuela digging in the garden by a pail of mud, he is sure that this soup needs to be avoided. But at the school's International Day, parents (two fathers, here) bring food and Rosa's mama brings the infamous mud soup. It turns out to be black bean (recipe provided) and Josh tastes it: Delicioso! Four to ten short lines of text per page challenge the fully launched reader, and Josh's reaction, " His stomach jumped. His heart thumped" repeats. The overt moral of giving new things a try is also supported by Josh's tact in finding several ways to refuse. A short 3-word glossary of Spanish introduces the concept of a glossary, and the recipe is easy to follow. Guevara's watercolors feature the necessary action with pleasant gentle humor. A good choice to introduce the discussion of trying something new, and a nice introduction if your school has an International Food Festival. 2003, Random House, Ages 6 to 8.
— Susan Hepler, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375910876
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/27/2003
Series:
Step into Reading Book Series: A Step 3 Book
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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