Sopa de frijoles/Bean Soup

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For people who have left their homeland for a new country, comfort foods from home take on a huge emotional importance. This delightful poem teaches readers young and old how to make a heartwarming, tummy-filling black bean soup, from gathering the beans, onions, and garlic to taking little pebbles out of the beans to letting them simmer till the luscious smell indicates it’s time for supper. Jorge Argueta’s vivid poetic voice and Rafael Yockteng’s vibrant illustrations make preparing this healthy and delicious ...
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Overview

For people who have left their homeland for a new country, comfort foods from home take on a huge emotional importance. This delightful poem teaches readers young and old how to make a heartwarming, tummy-filling black bean soup, from gathering the beans, onions, and garlic to taking little pebbles out of the beans to letting them simmer till the luscious smell indicates it’s time for supper. Jorge Argueta’s vivid poetic voice and Rafael Yockteng’s vibrant illustrations make preparing this healthy and delicious Latino favorite an exciting, almost magical experience.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Traci Avalos
What should you do when you are tired of playing videogames? Cook a meal for your family, of course! This is the story of one young boy who finds something better to do with his time than sitting on the sofa. In poetic form, this book gives readers step-by-step instructions for making a delicious bean soup. From the gathering of the ingredients to the disposal of the byproducts, this book will give readers a productive afternoon activity. The illustrations are charming in their detail and are sure to make readers smile. The verses are fun and give readers a chance to sing to the rhythm of the words. It promotes the idea of helping the family and spending quality time together, as much of the cooking requires an adult to supervise. The only things lacking in the book are specific measurements and cooking times, but those could be easily approximated or looked up. This book is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Reviewer: Traci Avalos
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

A bilingual free-verse poem that describes how to make bean soup. An asterisk indicates the parts that require adult participation. "Now it is/time to cut the onion.*/First you have to remove/the onion's coat/its soft delicate skin.... Try not to cry/because tears can make/food taste sour." A boy with two pinpoint eyes and a thin-lined mouth is seen going through the steps, with his mother hovering in the background. The earthy tones in the soft watercolor illustrations are pleasing to viewers. Text is on the left, with a full-page illustration on the right. Kids will enjoy hearing the story read aloud but may not get some of the poetic rhythm and imagery on their own.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

Kirkus Reviews
This free-verse cooking poem is more than a simple recipe for bean soup. Argueta's lyrical Spanish translated into its counterpart English is filled with visual and aromatic imagery that turns soup-making into art. Describing ingredients such as water "whose caresses give us life," garlic cloves each "in a little white dress" and salt sprinkled "as though it were rain blossoming from your hand," Argueta's metaphorical instructions produce bean-filled water that doesn't just boil, but sings as it turns brown, "the color of mother Earth," making the house smell "like the earth after the first winter rains." Yockteng's parallel earthy-toned paintings oppose each new instructive page, illustrating an animated boy performing each step of the recipe until the inviting scent and warmth of the kitchen beckons a loving family to the table. Starred cues appropriately indicate adult help where needed in this eloquent rendering of a nutritious and delicious meal. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888998811
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 4/7/2009
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 986,636
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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