Uncle Wille and the Soup Kitchen

Uncle Wille and the Soup Kitchen

by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan, Dyanne Disalvo-ryan, Mira Reisberg
     
 

"A straightforward fictional view of an urban soup kitchen, as observed by a boy visiting it with his 'Uncle Willie,' who works there every day....The difficult lives of those fed (including children)—as well as the friendly, nonintrusive attitude of the kitchen workers toward them—are presented sensitively but without sentimentality.

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"A straightforward fictional view of an urban soup kitchen, as observed by a boy visiting it with his 'Uncle Willie,' who works there every day....The difficult lives of those fed (including children)—as well as the friendly, nonintrusive attitude of the kitchen workers toward them—are presented sensitively but without sentimentality.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- If good intentions made great picture books, this would be a winner. A young boy accompanies his after-school companion, Uncle Willie, to a city soup kitchen where Willie works daily. In a ``bed-to-bed'' manner of storytelling, readers are informed of the operation of the soup kitchen as the unnamed boy assumes the role of helper and narrator. There are some discrepancies in the text. How could the steaming soup pots on the stove ``make the whole place smell delicious'' before any of the ingredients have been added? If the soup kitchen is ``small and bright,'' how does it hold 125 people? These inconsistencies, however, are not so much of a drawback as the didactic tone. The competent pictures in soft pastels are sufficient to tell much of the story, but the long, repetitive text makes this book difficult to use as a read-aloud for story hours. Although this seems to be an accurate picture of a topic that is certainly of current concern, the format suggests a younger audience than the one for whom the subject matter would be most interesting and relevant. --Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688152857
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Series:
Reading Rainbow Bks.
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
537,031
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.07(d)
Lexile:
450L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan's books include Grandpa's Corner Store, A Castle on Viola Street, City Green and Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen. She lives in Philadelphia.

DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan's books include Grandpa's Corner Store, A Castle on Viola Street, City Green and Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen. She lives in Philadelphia.

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