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Growing Vegetable Soup

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  1,398 Ratings  ·  124 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 1987 by Harcourt
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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
Oct 14, 2015 Cynthia rated it really liked it
A perfect choice for a unit about gardening or planting. Excellent read-aloud for kindergarten.
Julia Brumfield
Mar 27, 2016 Julia Brumfield rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, book
This is one of those books that has come out of my childhood. It basically starts off with the process of growing a garden full of vegetables that will make up the soup. Each part of the page is given its name so parents can point out to the child and ask them what something is to break-up the book even further.

The writing itself is really simple and easy to read. The letters are bold, black and large while in the easiest of writing so it can be used as an "I Can Read" book for the youngest of
Jul 05, 2013 Rhaynes5 rated it liked it
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
Meghan Brennan
Nov 16, 2015 Meghan Brennan rated it really liked it
Shelves: literacy
In this colorful book, a father and son plant vegetables to make a vegetable soup. They plant seeds, watch the seeds sprout, and grow into plants. When the vegetables are ready to be picked, they dig them up and bring them home. At home, they wash them, cut them up, and make a delicious vegetable soup. This books bright illustrations and simple language make it perfect for a toddler classroom, but could be used in older classrooms during an activity to introduce planting and harvesting or cookin ...more
Emily Peer
May 05, 2015 Emily Peer rated it it was amazing
Personal Reaction: This book is a very simple read. Each page has 4-8 words on it and large colorful illustrations. The book uses some challenging words that might need clarifying for a beginning reader.
Read Aloud: I would use this as a read aloud in a kindergarten classroom. You could use this book when teaching about following directions or with a science unit about plants and the process of growing a plant.
Independent Reading- this would be a great book for a beginning reader to read on the
Bethany Sutherland
Growing Vegetable Soup is a book about the process it takes to be able to make the soup. First, you have to plant the seeds and water them. Keep watering them until they sprout. Pick any weeds or worms that don't need to be there and continue to water them. Once the vegetables are ready, you have to pick them and bring them to the house where they will get chopped up and thrown into the soup.

I liked this book because it reminds me of the garden we have back home. We use the vegetables for all ki
Jul 24, 2011 David rated it really liked it
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
Diana V.
Jul 05, 2012 Diana V. rated it liked it
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
Dec 01, 2011 Sheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 06, 2010 Kendra rated it really liked it
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Lisa Vegan
Nov 18, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
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
Jul 15, 2013 Lanyisha rated it really liked it
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
Matt Vagts
Informational book #10
This book is about growing vegetables in a garden. It starts out by showing the seeds and then throughout the book it shows the growth of the plants and what they look like and the towards the end it shows what the vegetables look like. Then also other then the story that goes along with it, it lables everything on every page which is very helpful for kids.
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.
Alex Wulfekuhle
Mar 28, 2016 Alex Wulfekuhle rated it really liked it
Shelves: informational
This book is great! Lois is back at it again with the bright, vivid illustrations! It teaches how to make vegetable soup using several steps....Growing, planting, watering, and then picking! Once their picked, then we put the water in the pot, cut them, and now its time to eat! This shows awesome sequence, and the steps in order to make them! EASY READ
Alicia Lawrence
Apr 21, 2016 Alicia Lawrence rated it it was amazing
This a great book that teaches children the process of planting vegetables and how they grow. The pictures also give a great visual of the work that goes into it. It also has a recipe at the end of the book for vegetable soup which is really neat, because the child can then see how the vegetables talked about are used in the soup.
Feb 27, 2014 Julianna rated it liked it
Shelves: february
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
Apr 23, 2012 Shanna Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-00-04
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
Nov 18, 2015 Juliet rated it really liked it
Shelves: 03-informational
This idea is very clever. It's a cute little story all about making vegetable soup. I will say I'm not a biggest fan of the style of artwork that was used, but I was super excited to get a recipe in the back. I'm excited to try it out for myself!
Rating 3.5

I used this book in my preschool storytime with a gardening theme. The kiddos had fun guessing what the gardening tools, seeds, and sprouts were.They also enjoyed watching the different plants grow.

Good for preschool storytime.
May 07, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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.
This is a clever book for young readers about the tools required for gardening and what is required to grow a garden in the first place. The illustrations are blocky and colorful, and the story is very simple. Great for ECE readers.
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.
Aletheia Ubben
Sep 13, 2016 Aletheia Ubben rated it liked it
The graphics are garish and unappealing, but we enjoyed the concept - largely because Theia likes to help in our small garden, and she's learning to name her vegetables.
Simple book about gardening and growing vegetable with Ehlert's signature illustrations. Perfect addition for toddler storytime about spring, gardening, food, etc.
Clare Mcpherson
Oct 29, 2013 Clare Mcpherson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: authors
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
Mar 09, 2016 Caleb rated it it was amazing
I liked it because they grew all kinds of foods and plants. You could make a really yummy soup with those. I loved everything about the whole book.
Meg McGregor
Apr 01, 2014 Meg McGregor rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-lexi
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
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