Soup Day

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On a cold, snowy day, a young girl and her mother shop to buy ingredients for vegetable soup. At home, they work together—step by step—to prepare the meal. While the soup is cooking, they spend the time playing games and reading. Before long, Daddy's home and the family sits down to enjoy a home made dinner. This book celebrates the importance of making a nutritious meal and sharing in the process.

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Overview

On a cold, snowy day, a young girl and her mother shop to buy ingredients for vegetable soup. At home, they work together—step by step—to prepare the meal. While the soup is cooking, they spend the time playing games and reading. Before long, Daddy's home and the family sits down to enjoy a home made dinner. This book celebrates the importance of making a nutritious meal and sharing in the process.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I loved this book!  If only it had been around when my daughter Melissa was little, maybe I would have made something for dinner other than reservations!" —Joan Rivers

“Iwai’s writing debut beautifully depicts the loving relationship between a mother and daughter… Ordinariness made extraordinary.” Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review

“A perfect meal and a perfect book.”  School Library Journal

“Idyllic and cozy with colorful, textured illustrations, the book also offers a perfect recipe for tiny hands.” —Associated Press

“The brightly colored illustrations—combining acrylics, fabric and paper collage, and digital elements—offer plenty of familiar elements for young children to identify and new ones to explore, such as six kinds of pasta pictured on one page. Satisfying for reading aloud.”—Booklist

Children's Literature - Patricia Williamson
This board book will engage any emerging reader and allows a parent to use powerfully illustrated pictures to teach some interesting food safety lessons while sharing a great story. The story itself is well crafted and follows a sequence demonstrating the time passing while the child and mother wait for the soup to heat, but does not use unnecessary illustrations or pages to do so. The illustrations are created using various collage techniques and materials including fabric weaves and newspaper clippings. They are fun to examine and work well to tell the story. At the end of the book there is a great soup recipe, which our family found to be quite tasty and easy to prepare. Although the illustrations are created using a variety of materials, the various foods were easy to recognize and lend themselves to conversation while exploring the book with a child. Reviewer: Patricia Williamson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—On a snow-speckled day, a mother and daughter approach the greenmarket as the child announces, "Today is soup day." With economical text and vivid, multitextured collages whose upbeat charm belies their sophistication, the process of preparing the dish unfolds. In one spread, Iwai cleverly offers lessons about numbers, colors, sizes, textures, and what various vegetables look like. "This is what we put in our basket: One bunch of crispy green celery. Two shiny yellow onions….Six big white mushrooms. Ooops! We almost forgot the parsley." Back at home, mother and daughter cut up and cook the vegetables, and, while the soup simmers, read together, build a city out of blocks, hide from a monster, and have a tea party. Then they add seasoning and the girl's choice of pasta. While the alphabet noodles cook, it's cleanup time. Daddy's home, and the family eats soup together. The recipe is included. A perfect meal and a perfect book.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Iwai's writing debut beautifully depicts the loving relationship between a mother and daughter as they go about a winter ritual--making soup. The two brave the snow to buy vegetables at the market, then it's back home to chop them all up, Mommy's hand helping her child's to chop the softest of the vegetables. Step-by-step the two mix the ingredients together. While it cooks, they fill the time by playing. Mommy adds the spices, and the daughter gets to choose the pasta shape for the soup. The two clean up while it cooks. Finally, Daddy is home and it is time to eat the soup, as much a product of the love that went into it as the vegetables. While the author slips colors, numbers and shapes into the text, the real draws are the touching portrayal of a mom and her daughter and the gorgeous artwork. Acrylics and collage were combined digitally to make the illustrations, which are filled with colors and practically palpable textures. Pair this with Ehlert's Growing Vegetable Soup. Ordinariness made extraordinary. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805090048
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 539,980
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Iwai has illustrated many children’s books, including Toolbox Twins, B Is for Bulldozer, and Good Night Engines. This is the first book she has both written and illustrated. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and young son, Jamie (who loves to cook with his mom!).

www.melissaiwai.com

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  • Posted November 19, 2010

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    Quirky and Educational

    The pictures are extremely well done and quirky. The book focuses on a girl who looks to be Asian and her presumably adoptive white mother as they prepare a meal together. I love that the protagonists in the story are an underrepresented population of society. This is obviously not the focus of the book, but it does add something special in my opinion.

    This book is a great find for younger children. Kids will be drawn in by the pictures and will think it's fun to see the pictures of the foods that are being added as well as to hear them pronounced (vegetables, spices, various kinds of pasta). In a very subtle way, it builds extra vocabulary for the younger kiddos. It will also help that there may be prior knowledge about certain parts of the book - a young child would possibly be able to relate to seeing a parent cooking, playing with a parent, and having to put things away.

    This is the perfect read for a parent and child to bond together, and there is even a recipe for Snowy Day Vegetable Soup at the back of the book if the kids are interested in actually cooking with a parent.

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