SOUP DAY by Melissa  Iwai
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SOUP DAY

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Age Range: 2 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

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)
Pub Date: Sept. 28th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8050-9004-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano/Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2010




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