Pinch and Dash Make Soup

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Pinch and Dash are good friends. When Pinch gets hungry, but is too lazy to make something to eat, or to travel all the way down the street to the Chat and Chew, he goes next door to see what Dash has to offer. Dash is a great cook, but he never uses enough pepper or hot sauce in his soup. Pinch decides to take matters into his own hands and spice things up. But will the soup be delicious, or will the pair of friends have to find something else to eat for lunch?
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Pinch and Dash are good friends. When Pinch gets hungry, but is too lazy to make something to eat, or to travel all the way down the street to the Chat and Chew, he goes next door to see what Dash has to offer. Dash is a great cook, but he never uses enough pepper or hot sauce in his soup. Pinch decides to take matters into his own hands and spice things up. But will the soup be delicious, or will the pair of friends have to find something else to eat for lunch?
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Daley's easy-reading text about good friends learning to cooperate is served up just right with Yezerski's illustrations in pen, ink and watercolor. When lazy Pinch visits industrious Dash hoping for a good meal even though he has plenty of food in his refrigerator, he finds his friend stirring a pot of "skinny soup" with "bits of herbs floating in a lot of water." Disappointed, Pinch asks his buddy if they can "fatten it up." What ensues is a series of suggestions by Pinch to make the soup better. Of course, each ingredient he recommends is back in his kitchen. As he goes to and fro "all the way home," the soup begins to thicken. To make it perfect, Pinch wants to add pepper and hot sauce. Dash is offended and has a tantrum—no spicy ingredients will be added. But when each of the characters is alone with the soup, the heat factor is soon doubled. The comic aftermath results in a friendly hug and some shared soup at the local Chat and Chew restaurant. Newly independent readers will enjoy the light humor while tackling the more difficult words repeated throughout the text (simmering, slurped, refrigerator). Although Pinch and Dash are rather nondescript animals, they portray the full range of emotions friends experience when they must ultimately compromise. Here's hoping more servings of this charming duo will make it to the (reading) table. (Early reader. 5-8)
Children's Literature - Beth-Anne White
Pinch is hungry and wants to eat some soup, but he is too lazy to make his own or to go walk to the restaurant to buy some. Fortunately Pinch lives next to his friend Dash who is a great cook. Pinch goes over to visit Dash and together they make soup. However, Pinch and Dash do not agree on what should be in the soup and conflict arises. Together they must work out what makes a perfect pot of soup, and work out their friendship. This is an early reader chapter book that will engage beginning readers. Daley uses short sentences and short chapters to keep the early reader engaged with the story and allow the reader to read it with ease. Yezerski's illustrations add wonders to the text. The words of the text say that Pinch had to "walk all the way home" and in the illustrations the reader will see that Pinch lives right next door to Dash. The illustrations create humor for the reader as well as give support to the words and plot. In the beginning of the story, Pinch looks in his refrigerator for what he has and throughout the story Pinch and Dash use those ingredients one by one. Readers are sure to enjoy this fun book about friendship through the text and illustrations. Reviewer: Beth-Anne White
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580893466
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Daley is the author of SPACE STATION RAT, SHANGHAIED TO THE MOON, and RAT TRAP. He lives with his wife, author Jessie Hass, in Westminster, Vermont.
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