Soup DayOne snowy winter day, a little girl and her mother decide that it's the perfect day for making soup. They first go to the market to pick out vegetables together. "I help Mommy pick out the vegetables. She says it's important to choose the freshest ones with the brightest colors." Once they get home, they prepare the soup -- washing, chopping and cooking the vegetables. At each step, the little girl helps her mommy.
by Melissa Iwai
New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2010
ages 2 - 6
available on Amazon and at your local library
The illustrations in Soup Day are bright and colorful, and yet keep a gentle tone. Iwai has created collages with many textures of paper, and added acrylic paintings on top. This creates interesting, engaging pictures with many small details that children will enjoy. My students especially loved the ending, where the little girl tasted her soup with the alphabet pasta in it.
Cynsations. She also has a wonderful blog called The Hungry Artist, which celebrates her love of cooking and painting.
All pictures shared here are copyright Melissa Iwai, 2010. The review copy was kindly sent by the publisher. If you make a purchase using the Amazon links on this page, a small portion will go to Great Kid Books (at no cost to you). Thank you for your support!