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Soup day
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt, 2010.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Reading Level:
AD 440 L Lexile
A mother and daughter spend a snowy day together buying and preparing vegetables, assembling ingredients, and playing while their big pot of soup bubbles on the stove. Includes a recipe for "Snowy Day Vegetable Soup."


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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.

Author Notes

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!).

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

A young girl gives a step-by-step description of making "Snowy Day Vegetable Soup" (recipe appended) with Mommy, from buying the vegetables to sprinkling the parsley on top. Her low-key narrative creates a cozy atmosphere and includes some vivid descriptive touches; the parsley, for example, "looks like green snow." Bright collage illustrations are eye-catching, with a variety of textures and patterns. (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Growing Vegetable Soup. Ordinariness made extraordinary. (Picture book. 2-5)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

One snowy soup day, a little girl helps her mother choose vegetables at the store, wash them, and even chop them (I get to cut the mushrooms and zucchini with a plastic knife because they are soft. Mommy helps my hand). Then, while the soup simmers on the stove, they play and read together. After Mommy adds spices, the girl chooses pasta to add to the pot. They put away the toys and books, Dad comes home, and they all eat soup together. The recipe for Snowy Day Vegetable Soup is appended. Pleasing in its simplicity of concept and expression, this picture book tells of everyday places and activities from the child's point of view. The brightly colored illustrations combining acrylics, fabric and paper collage, and digital elements offer plenty of familiar concepts for young children to identify and new ones to explore, such as six kinds of pasta pictured on one page. Satisfying for reading aloud.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist



Today is soup day. I help mommy pick out the vegetables. She says itâ€TMs important to choose the freshest ones with the brightest colors. Excerpted from Soup Day by Melissa Iwai All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.