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Soup Day

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  222 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
On a cold, snowy day, a young girl and her mother shop to buy ingredients for vegetable soup. At home, they work together—step by step—to prepare the meal. While the soup is cooking, they spend the time playing games and reading. Before long, Daddy's home and the family sits down to enjoy a home made dinner. This book celebrates the importance of making a nutritious meal a ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Jun 16, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
What a sweet little book! I loved the warm, caring home and the fun, attentive mom and the love of cooking that just rises up from the pages like delicious steam from a bowl of soup! ;-p Though the text is fairly sparse and the illustrations are a bit cartoony at times (it is a board book for young readers), I felt that every word was chosen with skill and the illustrations conveyed all the right emotions. I just loved the little things, like how the girl watches her mother chop vegetables for t ...more
Alyssa Crowley
Plot Summary/Personal Response: Soup Day is a book about a little girl and her Mommy who set off to the grocery store to gather ingredients for the soup they are going to prepare for dinner. The little girl helps to make sure each ingredient is just right and then embarks on the cooking journey to help make the delicious and healthy soup the two are going to prepare together. As the soup simmers in the pot, the little girl and her very attentive mommy, read stories and play together in order to ...more
Maggie Hahn
Soup Day, a Baker's Dozen book, is about a little girl and how she helps her mom to make soup. They go to the grocery store and pick out the ingredients together, then they go home and wash and cut the vegetables together. Then they start adding ingredients to the big bowl of soup. While they are waiting for the soup to cook, the little girl and her mom play together in many different ways. Then, they check on the soup and the little girl gets to pick what type of noodles she would like to put i ...more
Caitlyn LeBeau
Mar 22, 2015 Caitlyn LeBeau rated it liked it
Soup Day by Melissa Iwai is about a family who cooks soup for dinner on a snowy day. The mom and daughter go to the store and buy all the ingredients to make the soup. The daughter watches her mom cut up the carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms, potatoes, and zucchini. The put all the ingredients into a pan. While they are waiting for the soup to be done, the mom and daughter play games. When the soup is ready and the dad comes home, the mom and daughter clean up their mess and go into the kitchen ...more
Sep 25, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: bakers-dozen
Title: Soup Day
Author: Melissa Iwai
Genre: realistic fiction

Plot Summary: It is a slow winter day. So a little girl and her mother go out and buy the ingredients for some hot soup. They pick out the freshest, brightest vegetables. After washing them, the little girl cuts the mushrooms and zucchini. Once all the veggies are cut up they start to cook the veggies. Then they pour in the broth. They play different games while they wait. They try out the soup when it starts bubbling. Momma adds spices
Elizabeth Lauver
Oct 25, 2014 Elizabeth Lauver rated it it was amazing
Soup Day by Melissa Iwai, was a great book to someday share with your own child. I would also like to have this book available for my students in my future classroom. I enjoyed reading this book because it reminded me of my own family and what my mom would do when I was a young child. I also enjoyed the idea of going to the market picking out the supplies and finally creating the soup. I also liked the aspect of having the child be patient until the soup was finished. The way the author had the ...more
Abigail Flanagan
The little girl and mommy go to the store to get some ingredients to make some soup. They get carrots, onions and even parsley! The little girl and her mom make the soup together and while they are waiting they have tons of fun playing and using their imaginations! They then add some noodles to the soup and clean up while it finishes cooking. As soon as Dad comes home from work, it is time to eat!

Soup Day can be used to help children learn to cook and learn what ingredients are good for making a
Emily Benner
Plot summary: This book is about a young girl who helps her mother cook soup for dinner. First together they go to the grocery store to get the ingredients for the soup, and after that they return back home to wash all of the produce off and cut the vegetables. Then, they start to mix all the ingredients together and start cooking the soup. While the soup is cooking, the little girl and her mother enjoy playing various types of games on the floor. Before they go check the soup, the little girl r ...more
Nov 19, 2010 Jessi rated it it was amazing
The pictures are extremely well done and quirky. The book focuses on a girl who looks to be Asian and her presumably adoptive white mother as they prepare a meal together. I love that the protagonists in the story are an underrepresented population of society. This is obviously not the focus of the book, but it does add something special in my opinion.

This book is a great find for younger children. Kids will be drawn in by the pictures and will think it's fun to see the pictures of the foods tha
Sep 01, 2010 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Today is soup day, so a little girl and her mother head to the store through the snowy streets. There they buy the ingredients for their soup, careful to choose the vegetables with the brightest colors. They pick out green celery, yellow onions, orange carrots, white mushrooms and more. Back at home, they wash the vegetables and cut them into little pieces. The little girl gets to help with a plastic knife and the softer veggies. After sautéing the vegetables, broth is added and the soup cooks. ...more
Nov 21, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it
Title: Soup Day By Melissa Iwai
Summary: A girl and her mother make a day of making soup.
Rating: Yes
Ages: 3-5 years
The bright collage illustrations are large and easy to see, perfect for sharing with groups.
This book is filled with description that makes for easy extended educational interaction with the reader. For example, on one page the characters count the vegetables in their grocery basket and on another they discuss the shapes that the cut vegetable make: circles, squares and cubes
Christine McKenna Lok
This was our favorite book all winter! The fun of just a regular snow day at home playing was terrific. I swapped out the words to make sure my little one knew it was a PRETEND monster in the middle of the book that had the mommy pretending to be scared while her caped daughter and teddy bear saved her. Mom appears Caucasian and daughter Asian; dad has dark hair but we don't see him up close.
Mar 20, 2015 Hilary rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Mother and daughter go to market to purchase the vegetables for soup (counting) and then chop their purchases for cooking (shapes). Before long it's time to add spices and pasta (lots of types to choose from!). There's even a recipe at the back of the book. Bright, cheerful illustrations throughout.
Oct 20, 2014 Martha rated it liked it
A comfortable and cozy view of soup-making by mommy and daughter on a cold, snowy day. Shopping, chopping, waiting for the soup to cook is all part of their day. While they wait, they play and then straighten up in preparation for daddy's arrival and dinner time, when they can eat their yummy soup.
Jennifer Kelley
Feb 01, 2016 Jennifer Kelley rated it it was amazing
Great book for storytime. The children really enjoyed it. The pictures are great, and it's a simple story. I could see doing a number of activities based on this book.
Sep 18, 2014 Meagan rated it it was amazing
A lovely book full of beautiful mixed media illustrations. The tale is simple and the cooking basics are wonderful. It even includes the recipe on the last page!
Mar 14, 2016 MBC rated it it was amazing
My toddler and preschooler both loved this one. Nice, everyday routine kind of book, along the lines of Anne Rockwell or We Help Daddy.
May 12, 2014 Kimberly rated it liked it
I liked the chunky illustration style and the way the little girl is shown to be capable of helping her mom with soup-making tasks.
Bambini Travel
Oct 16, 2013 Bambini Travel rated it really liked it
We love to read and we love to cook. Books that encourage a cooking project are one of our favorites. Melissa Iwai's delightful book "Soup Day" walks you through a child and her mother having a soup day. They head to the market, prepare the ingredients, make their soup, play while they wait, and enjoy it as a family. With playful illustrations and concise language, Iwai celebrates the simplicity of working side by side with the ones we love. At the back is a recipe for the soup made by the chara ...more
Feb 22, 2016 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Cozy and warm like soup. The adjectives are wonderful.
Dec 15, 2011 Gwen rated it it was amazing
Soup Day is a wonderfully illustrated children's book. What better time to make soup then a snowy day? The daughter and mother go to the grocery store to pick out ingredients. Melissa Iwai includes all the necessary steps to making a vegetable soup. My pre-k students really liked the illustrations and explanations of how things were cut and added to the soup. A great activity was reading the book and pretending to do what the characters were doing. Personally, I really liked seeing an Asian chil ...more
Dec 29, 2015 Mary rated it liked it
Good for preschoolers "how to".
Oct 07, 2016 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime
Simple. Shows process of making soup.
Christine Turner
Nov 11, 2012 Christine Turner rated it really liked it
Shelves: soup
Mother and child -- Juvenile fiction
Soups -- Juvenile fiction.
Cooking (Vegetables) -- Juvenile fiction.

On a cold, snowy day, a young girl and her mother shop to buy ingredients for vegetable soup. At home, they work together ”step by step ”to prepare the meal. While the soup is cooking, they spend the time playing games and reading. Before long, Daddy’s home and the family sits down to enjoy a home made dinner. This book celebrates the importance of making a nutritious meal and sharing
Penny McGill
Jan 10, 2014 Penny McGill rated it it was amazing
We gave this book 5 stars plus 2 thumbs up. The style of illustration plus her fantastic text made it a delight to read aloud, over and over.

We kept it at home one extra week just so we could try the recipe and it was worth it.

A really nice choice for the family bookshelf or a trip to your biblio.
Jan 28, 2012 Peacegal rated it really liked it
This is a simple and charming little book about a mother and daughter preparing vegetable soup.

I love the fact that the characters made a vegan soup--and the recipe at the book's conclusion suggests vegetable broth as an alternative to meat broths. Veg*n families--or anyone trying to impart healthy eating patterns--will appreciate this one quite a bit.
Nov 20, 2013 Kaylee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Cora's review:
She wanted alphabet noodles. I wanted stars but there were no stars at the grocery store. They had lots. It was hard work. Three carrots, two onions, one celery, four potatoes, five zucchini, six mushrooms, and parsley. And that's it of the book. And they went to the shop and it was very snowy and cold and they wore scarves.
The Library Lady
Dec 07, 2010 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
I love everything about this book starting with the sturdy pages, the bright bold artwork and the simple language, reminiscent of Anne Rockwell in its being perfectly chosen to feel right to 2 and 3 year olds. I'm saving this one for a soup program in January to go along with "Chicken Soup With Rice" and a telling of "Stone Soup"
Oct 15, 2010 Tricia rated it really liked it
What a fun journey through a little girl's experience making soup with her mother. Bright and fun illustrations transport the reader into the story--we could almost smell the soup! Includes recipe for the soup at the end of the book. Might be a fun combo with "Ugly Vegetables", another title we enjoyed about making soup.
May 21, 2011 Serena rated it liked it
Where's the beef? This was a sweet book about a child helping their mother make the soup. They did all sorts of fun things while waiting on the soup to finish like playing pretend. At the end of the book is a recipe for Snowy Day Vegetable Soup. This really made me hungry and if it wasn't so hot outside I'd get soup.
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