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Growing Vegetable Soup

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  717 ratings  ·  99 reviews
"Dad says we are going to grow vegetable soup." So begins Lois Ehlert’s bright, bold picture book about vegetable gardening for the very young. The necessary tools are pictured and labeled, as are the seeds (green bean, pea, corn, zucchini squash, and carrot). Then the real gardening happens . . . planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, chopping, and cooking! In the end? "...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 15th 1987 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1987)
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This is a book that I enjoy reading every Spring with my children. You an talk about vegetables and fruits and their differences, you can cook vegetable soup in your classroom and share it as snack. You can do a picture walk first, then have a copy of the book in the different centers and plan different activities such as:
Sensory center: bring the actual vegetables and have them in a center where the children will explore the different smells and will touch different textures in fruits and veget...more
Growing vegetable soup is a great book to bring into the classroom for a nature, spring, or any theme based on vegetables activity. You can discuss with the children different types of vegetables as well as the many colors that are used in the book. We can show children how some vegetables grow by planting a carrot garden for a hands on real life experience. This book is a great correlation to making their own vegetable baskets as well
Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert explains the process of growing vegetables, starting from seeds all the way to making a pot of soup. A child gathers tools, plants seeds and sprouts, then watches their growth. When the vegetables are ripe, they get picked and pulled, then cut up and cooked into soup. A recipe is included to make vegetable soup at the end of the book.

As someone who grew up on a farm with a huge garden, I love that this book introduces the experience of vegetable gardening to...more
Diana V.
Characters: Dad and child
Point of View: First Person from the child
Setting: Garden
Lexile level: 140 L Primary Grades
Genre: Picture Book

Plot:In the beginning, a child mentions, "Dad says we are going to grow vegetable soup." As a result, the boy mentions that they have the necessary tools and seeds. After planting and watering the seeds, the child explains that the warm sun will make them grow. Meanwhile, they needs to continue watering and weeding the vegetables before picking or digging the...more
Dec 01, 2011 Sheryl rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children in kindergarten
Recommended to Sheryl by: i saw it in a book order
it's one of my favorites. not just because for nostalgia reasons, but even before, as a five year old, i remember i really liked, and still do, the colors and the art work presented in the book. it's like cut-outs of paper, yet it's true to the real thing. i liked how the tools and vegetables on the page have labels, aside from the large text of the actual story. i mean the illustrator/author even labels the "worm" found in the broccoli. how's that for organically grown food. no pesticides. ther...more
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Lisa Vegan
I actually read a Red Wagon 2004 very large board book edition of this book.

I love the idea of this: watching the evolution of planting seeds for vegetables to picking or digging out the vegetables, and making the soup with them, and a recipe is even included in the back of the book.

I always loved all but a very few vegetables but I could see parents and other adults using this book (along with the activities it depicts) with toddlers and preschoolers to encourage them to eat vegetables.

I alway...more
This book told a story about a family that was growing a garden to pick the vegetables to make vegetable soup. The author used foreshadowing in the book. It showed the characters in the book planting seeds. It showed the vegetables growing. It showed the characters picking the vegetables and chopping them up. As I read the book my students would guess what was going to happen next. This is why I think the author did a good job in using foreshadowing. If the book was not named Growing Vegetable S...more
I read this with one of my wee ones in-between reading groups. It was a fast, colorful journey from seed to table, even ending with a true recipe at the back. The seeds and tools of gardening were labelled, making it a good example of what we're looking for with some of our writing and drawing projects.

I'd definitely place it in a kindergarten or even pre-school room.
This book was really cute and informative but it was a little strange that they decided to label EVERYTHING in the illustrations. I thought that the labeling was great for the vegetables, but when it started to label every tool used, including a basket that they gathered the vegetables in, it got a little annoying.
Shanna Gonzalez
This simple story introduces children to the basic growing cycle of garden vegetables. It opens with a child narrator stating, "Dad says we're going to grow vegetable soup." The narrator then explains in simple terms how the family goes about cultivating their vegetables, from planting to harvest. Ehlert illustrates each step with her characteristic collage-style art, more abstract than some of her other work. This is a great introduction to the joy of gardening, and the fact that this garden is...more
Worked okay for toddlers - it wasn't too wordy, but it was one of the few instances where I wasn't such a fan of Lois Ehlert's illustration style. I felt like the vegetables were hard to see against the blue background of many of the pages.
Vegetable gardening is used to show the process by which plants grow and how they end up on your plate. I like the vibrant artwork and the simplistic text. Great nutritional read for PreK-2.
Clare Mcpherson
Lois Ehlert grew up in Wisconsin into a family that was always making and creating. Her mother was a seamstress and her father had a fully stocked workshop in his basement containg tools, lumber and art supplies. Lois Ehlerts art style is collage. She creates her art by cutting each paper piece one at a time. Her favorite subjects are nature and animals. I picked the book growing vegetable soup due to its simple introduction to vegetable vocabulary. I like to use this book when we are discussing...more
Meg McGregor
An excellent book to introduce little ones to the joys of farming and gardening.

Homegrown and homemade vegetable soup is the best soup there is!
Brittney Finck
The labels throughout this story would make for a great introduction to labeling. The children can see how helpful the labels are then begin applying their own. There are also some words on the labels that could strike up a vocabulary curiosity. The bright colors in the pictures make it fun and the large print makes it a good read aloud story. It could also be used as a way to test students' knowledge on which vegetables grow above ground, which vegetables grow below ground, and which parts of t...more
Melina Kinder
This book is great because it teaches new words to help kids learn more about gardening and the value of growing and eating your own food.
Julie Graham 47150
Many of my students do not know where their food originates. This book helps kids make the connection between the garden and the table. In the story the father announces to his family that they are going to "grow vegetable soup." The author then describes how the family raises a vegetable garden to make "the best soup ever." A recipe for the tasty soup is also included in the book. Some of my student begged me to make a copy of it to take home. I don't know how many families will actually make i...more
Shelby Everitt
Growing vegetable soup is an adorable book about growing all of the vegetables one would need to make a delicious vegetable stew. Each page talks about the growing process and has big bold pictures so young children can follow along. The tools required to grow vegetables are all in this book, so students who grew up in town can learn about something that they otherwise would never have been exposed to. It is also labeled which is nice so children can pick the book up on their own and instead of...more
Bright primary color graphics make the 'plain' story of growing vegetables and making a soup of then, stand out.
Whole And
"Growing Vegetable Soup" is a wonderful addition to our summer gardening books. Ehlert created simple illustrations to follow along in the steps of gardening. One of my favourite things that sets Ehlert's books apart is the labeling and teaching of the seeds, tools and all the items used for gardening and making soup. I enjoy seeing the various plants grow on several pages and love the recipe at the end of the story. The pages on this book carry with them the joy experienced through out the plan...more
Kristin Traina
I like this book a lot because it shows a family growing several vegetables needed to make vegetable soup. It even has a recipe for vegetable soup in the back. I think this would be great of a plant lesson. If possible it wold be really awesome to have the class split up into groups and each grow a vegetable. Then, whether the plants grew well or not the class could get the ingredients and make vegetable soup to try.
Grade: 2nd- life cycle of plants, 5th- an object is the sum of its parts: find...more
Josie Karash
very similar to planting a rainbow
A Sembrar Sopa de Verduras, the Spanish version of Growing Vegetable Soup is a perfect story to use for a Spanish or bilingual story time program about spring/growing things. The book takes children through the plant cycle in a way that is relevant to them--a father and son plant seeds, water their plants, and watch them grow until they are ready to be picked and cooked for some yummy soup! This is also a good story to use for garden themes or to teach children about how food grows.
Ginta Harrigan
This is a book that teaches vocabulary picture words to children. Each picture in the book is accompanied by the word telling what it is. Personally I do not like the illustrators depiction. I believe the pictures were done in watercolor in an abstract fashion. For children, particularly special needs children the pictures are a bit hard to identify. However, because each picture is labeled, it helps children learn to read words which is why I gave the book three stars.
Growing vegetable soup is a good book for children to understand the process that the it takes to harvest. Some plants are planted by their seed and others are planted by their sprouts. It talks about how the plants need sun and water to grow. When the time for harvest came you pick the vegetables and you wash them and cut them and that how you make a vegetable soup.

Extension- Each can get a sprout and a seed and watch it grow and record its growth difference each day.
Danielle Baker
This is story is great. It is detailed in the fact that it explains the stages of growing vegetables. The illusrtations are not life like, they are cartoonish and very bright. Some children may like the super bright illusrtations while other children may be bothered by the colors.

Lois Ehlert is actually the author and illustrator of this story.
She grew up in Wisconsin in a family that was always making and creating. Lois Ehlerts illustrations are collages.
Oct 23, 2012 June rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: gardening requests
I like Ehlert's illustrations and the way she show the tools. I think Planting a Rainbow is a little more impressive visually and I have some felt flowers so children can make a picture for me after that story, but this seemed a little bit more appropriate for a fall garden/harvest story time for the city's farm/garden/harvest/healthy eating week.
This is a cute book to use when you are discussing plants and how they grow. It takes us on a journey of how to "grow" vegetable soup. The little boy and his dad plant and grow the vegetables that they use to make vegetable soup. At the end they even give you a recipe to use yourself. It would be a fun way to talk about plants, maybe grow a few vegetables as a class, and then make the vegetable soup to enjoy together.
Kelly Whelchel
Science Grade 1/2 Fiction/parts non-fiction at the end Topic: Plant-growth (vegetable)

Use this book to teach how to make vegetable soup from start to finish. If possible have the class build a garden with the different types of vegetables. Use this book over the course of a week, dissecting the book. At the end of the week, the class can make their very own vegetable soup to share as a class.
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