>You all know by now my kids love helping me cook in the kitchen, and that we LOVE books in this house. I have such a weakness for children’s books. Soup Day, written by illustrator Melissa Iwai, is a beautifully illustrated, sweet, sweet story about a day in a family, that starts with a trip to the market and ends with scrumptious soup made together by a mother and her daughter. I love this story. I love the togetherness and the sweet simplicity of the story- as well as the use of local produce for cooking.
The kids love the quirky descriptions of the veggies when they are prepared for the soup. We call things by different names, so they thought it was great that someone else did too- small pepper slices in our house are pepper “eyebrows” and full slices of a pepper are pepper “flowers.” The parsley confetti is something the kids have been asking to recreate quite often.
Something else I noticed aside from the beautiful illustrations and lovely text is the quality of the pages of this book- not as thick as a board book, but very durable and thicker than paper pages. I think that this was a nice touch, especially because we’ve already used the book to recreate the soup and spilled on the pages- which were so easy to wipe off!
Ms. Iwai has a great ‘fun’ section on her site with activity sheets, games, and ideas for cooking with children.
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.
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