Max the duck is cooking up an amazing soup. But what's this? A feather floating in the soup! And where's Max? Brody the dog, Dakota the cat, and Bebe the bird race about in their hilarious search for the missing Max. But remember, sometimes things just aren't as they appear.
Genre: Fantasy (talking animals)
Golden Sower 2011 Primary Honor
Pre-reading strategy: A picture walk
This story really lends itself to making predictions through the very expressive illustrations. It has words in different text, colors and font on each page which lead the reader to thinking about what will happen next. Using a picture walk on the first pages, I would discuss the soup pot and what the steam represents. The next pages introduce the other characters and I would talk...more
The first thing the title of this book reminded me of was when my 4th grade class read Stone Soup, and then created the soup in class. Once I started reading the book, I was then reminded of my own reactions with my mom’s cooking and the dislike of some of her creations. Duck finally created a close-to-perfect creation; he is just missing one item that he has in his garden. When his friends came in and thou...more
Literary Genre: Fiction (Picture Storybook)
Max is a duck who loves to cook. Max is in the kitchen working on a special soup that is sure to be a masterpiece when he notices that it is missing something. Max goes out into the garden to find an herb that will make the soup perfect. Meanwhile, his family (a lively bunch of animals) spot a “feather” in the soup and they try to save Max until Max himself interrupts them. In the e...more
Genre: Picture Book/Fantasy
Pre-reading Strategy: List-Group-Label
The List-Group-Label strategy works for this story because it has a very strict theme of cooking. Therefore if the students in the class don't know a lot about cooking, this activity will help familiarize the students with the material. This strategy also works well because it breaks down the theme into small parts and then forces the students to see commonalities and differences between all the items they have pul...more
Appeal: Kids will enjoy a silly story about Max as he attempts to cook soup. The animal characters will appeal to students who like reading about them, and students who want to try and cook on their own. Children will especially enjoy reading about Duck's friend's attempt to find him in the soup, and enjoy the silly story.
2011 Primary Golden Sower Honor Book
A hilarious read-aloud for storytimes.
Audience: Boys and girls -preschool to 2nd grade
Appeal: colorful, funny, unique, creative
Application: I would use it for either a lesson on food and cooking or to have the students learn to draw inferences based off of pictures in books. Also to help the students open up their minds and think outside of the box. Could a duck really make soup?
Award List: Golden Sower
This book is really cute. The illustrations are so expressive, and the story is very entertaining. The words written in color are really helpful to show the panic and enthusiasm in the plot. I can see this book being one that children would like to read repetitively and that they would be really involved in.
2nd grade reading level
Maxwell Duck is trying to invent a soup that everyone will remember him for, but when he goes out to look for the missing ingredient and his friends show up, they think he has fallen into the soup.
Initial position of words - 10 times
Medial position of words - 8 times
Final position of words - 17 times
Also targets the bilablial sounds well with the charater names of "Max", "Bebe" and "Brody".