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Everybody Serves Soup

Everybody Serves Soup

by Norah Dooley, Peter Thornton (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
It is a very snowy and cold day in the city. Carrie is searching for some snow shoveling jobs around her neighborhood to earn extra money to buy a birthday gift for her mother. As she walks from home to home and from apartment to apartment, the delicious smells of homemade soup happily distract her. Carrie enjoys sampling many of the soups and realizes that she has discovered the perfect birthday present for her mother--a collection of neighborhood soup recipes. This is a lovely illustrated book that is better suited for the cook enthusiast than a young reader. The illustrator has done a terrific job capturing Carrie's culturally diverse neighborhood and has compiled a multicultural cookbook. However, the story itself fails to entertain and is a mere vehicle to introduce the soup recipes. 2000, Carolrhoda Books Inc., Ages 8 up, $15.95. Reviewer: Andrea Sears Andrews—Children's Literature
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Dooley (Everybody Bakes Bread, 1996, etc.) dishes up another premise for Carrie to eat her way around her multicultural neighborhood. Thornton again offers framed, lifeless illustrations that stick to a predictable text. Today is a snow day at school and Christmas approaches. Carrie is tapped out after buying gifts for everybody except Mom, who always wants "anything that comes from your heart." She hopes to earn money by shoveling snow. But when she helps Tito shovel his walk and steps, he tells her the landlord won't pay, although they can warm up with a bowl of his sister Fendra's Puerto Rican pea soup. Carrie gets the recipe. John has a cold and can't shovel, but his mom offers a cup of Greek lemon-chicken soup and the recipe. And so it goes—recipes pour in along with Mark's mom's corn chowder, Darlene's grandaunt's oxtail soup, and Wendy's mom's miso soup. Recipes, however, don't buy gifts, and at the end of the day Carrie has earned only ten dollars from Dad. That and Mrs. Max's idea are enough to buy Mom's gift—a blank book in which Carrie can write her newfound recipes. Preparing for Hanukkah, Mrs. Max reminds Carrie that "good soup with a friend warms more than the body." The recipes included give readers an opportunity to test that notion in a book more cookery than fiction, more work-a-day than holiday. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Lerner Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
9.36(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.55(d)
530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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