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January 31, 2011

Soup Day Children's Picture Book Review & Giveaway -- ENDED




Most people will confess that there is something quite magical about soup. Soup can warm your bones, lift your spirits, and fill your heart. Award-winning illustrator Melissa Iwai celebrates a trip to the local green market, a quiet afternoon at home, and the joy found in making a pot of homemade goodness in her new picture book Soup Day . The idea for the book was born from Melissa’s time spent in the kitchen with her son Jamie and the special bonding and learning experience that came from it.

From choosing the vegetables to picking the pasta shapes, the journey of cooking homemade soup is filled with small learning lessons that are incorporated in a subtle way. Sound, smell, taste and touch combine to pepper the text with the swirl-and-whirl of broth, vegetables, and spices. Carrots become circles, onions become squares, parsley becomes confetti. Yellow onions, white mushrooms and green zucchini sizzle and bubble. With pitch perfect tone Soup Day is a celebration of cooking as a means of spending time together and creating something delicious and healthy in the process. A starred review from Kirkus praises Soup Day as “Ordinariness made extraordinary.”

The book’s theme of sharing in the process of making a meal together continues as the author shares her own “Snowy Day Vegetable Soup” recipe at the back of the book.

A self-taught chef, Melissa is Cooking Light’s Ultimate Reader Recipe Grand Prize Winner for 2010. Previously, she has been selected twice as a finalist for the contest.

Here are a few links that may be of interest:
* A sampling of a few pages from Soup Day:
http://www.melissaiwai.com/Soup%20Day/soupday_int.htm
* Activity Sheets (great way to keep the little ones busy while the soup is cooking!):
http://www.melissaiwai.com/Activity%20Sheets/activity.htm
* Helpful tips and yummy recipes for cooking with your kids:
http://www.melissaiwai.com/Cooking/cooking.htm
* Melissa's awesome food blog, The Hungry Artist:
http://thehungryartist.wordpress.com/

DD really enjoys this book because she loves cooking and baking with me. Sometimes it is hard having her in kitchen because I feel like I can't take my eyes off her in case she ends up doing something dangerous and hurts herself. But, I know that she really has a lot of fun cooking with me. After reading Soup Day, she asked me if we could also have a soup day at home. This children's book came with a soup recipe at the end, so I told DD that we will definitely give it a try. We like this book because it encourages parents to spend quality time with their kids and it also teaches the importance of cooking and eating a healthy meal together.

One of my lucky readers will win a copy of this book (US residents only please).


How to enter:


In order to enter my giveaway, you MUST be a public follower of my blog through Google Friend Connect. To follow me, click on the "Follow" button on the right hand side of my blog. If you are not a follower and you enter my giveaway, ALL of your comments will be automatically forfeited.

1). Please go to http://thehungryartist.wordpress.com/ and then come back to tell me which recipe you would like to try (you MUST be a public follower of my blog to enter this giveaway, and your profile can not be set at private).

How to earn additional entries (please leave a separate comment for each additional entry):


2.) Blog about my giveaway- with a link back to here, when you leave the comment make sure you include the URL of where your post of my giveaway is. Please do not copy and paste my review over to your blog, please write about why you would like to win this giveaway and provide a link back to this post. The Contest ends Feb 14th, 2011 at 11:59pm PST. Blogging about my giveaway earns 2 additional entries.

3.) Add me as a friend on Facebook for 2 additional entries.

4.) Follow me on Twitter for 2 additional entries.

5.) Grab my button and display my button on your blog or website. Then come back to tell me what your website or blog address is, make sure to leave an url address so I can check it. Grabbing my button is worth 5 additional entries. If my button is not displayed on your homepage but it is posted elsewhere, you will not be eligible to win with your additional entries.

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7.) Tweet about this review and giveaway. Please tweet the following: " I want to win Soup Day Children's Picture Book @ http://www.sugarpopribbons.blogspot.com/ ". After your tweet, please leave me the url of your tweet so I can check. If you do not know how to check your tweet url, please read this post for step by step instructions. You can retweet once a day for 1 entry each time.

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*I received a free product (or products) for review purposes. I did not receive any form of compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine.




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