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:
* 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).
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