Setting: Each month has a new setting
Summary: This book is great for introducing the months of the year to young students. Each month has its own special rhyme that always ends with chicken soup with rice. The words used in each rhyme create great visuals for young readers. The visuals and aided illustrations for each rhyme helps the readers follow along. The title of each rhyme is the name of the month. Visually seeing the name of the month and having a rhy...more
Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months, written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, is a long poem and each stanza stands for a different month. Each stanza follows the same pattern and is about different times you can eat chicken soup with rice. The final stanza talks about how chicken soup with rice is good to eat during all seasons of the year. This book can be incorporated into the curricula when learning about poems and when learning about the different months of the year. The book was sim...more
-This is a collection of poems about each month and eating chicken soup with rice during those months.
-Months of the year
Activities to do with children
-Use this to reinforce the months of the year. Have students predict what month comes next and some of the things that may be included in the poem about that month
-Have pairs of students create a page for a month of the calendar. Have t...more
This would be a good book for kids of younger ages (4-7). This would be good to intr...more
While reading it he told me he already knew the February rhyme, and I was confused about this since it was the first time I read it to him. At a school open house months later, he showed me a huge flip poster with the Chicken Soup with Rice monthly rhymes written on it. It's how they were...more
People tend to comment on Sendak's skillful yet simple rhymes, and on his drawings. But I think you really need to have both together to get the full effect.
Reading the book makes me want to eat chicken soup with rice--but (perhaps because I spent part of my adolescence in Louisiana), I tend to think of...more
Though I love the entire book - for nostalgia's sake as much as anything else - I do have two favorite pages. The first is March, when the wind spills the soup, then "laps it up and roars for more." I can remember being obsessed with that page in the classroom big book of this story, and enjoying the way the wind looked like it was alive. My other favorite is that August page, where the little boy transforms into a pot on the stove, and yet still manages to maintain the s...more
This is a fun read aloud for one on one sharing. The small format makes it difficult to share with a larger group. If you can find a "big book" format, it would be great storytime book.
- each rhyme creates great visuals for young readers
- title of each rhyme is the name of the month. Visually seeing the name of the month and having a rhyme to remember that month will aid all young students to learn about the months of the year.
This is a FANTASTIC read-aloud. The only problem is that my hands are bigger than this tiny book. I don't know if I just got a really small copy, but it is just too small. I can't read this to more than one person at a time.
I love this book.
This is a nice, short book, to which I would probably give one and a half stars.
Note to veg*n parents: The rhythm of the poem makes it ridiculously easy to transform each concluding line into, "Vegan chicken soup with rice!"
Really, chicken soup with rice in July? Are you going to have strawberries and cream in January? I don't think so.
A fine classic for teaching the months of the year. The central character is obsessed with chicken soup and rice and finds a variety of ways to eat it throughout the year. Written in rhyme to teach the months of the year, this will appeal mostly to early primary students.
Note for teachers: This book is one of four in the Nutshell Library series by Maurice Sendak. For a great read aloud, use Carol King's sung version of the book on her album Really Rosie.
Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents, and decided to become an illustrator after viewing Wal...more