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Growing Vegetable Soup

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,205 ratings  ·  173 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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Jon Nakapalau
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book that teaches children where food comes from and the pleasure of growing it yourself.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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While I enjoyed the idea of this book, it fell short when reading it during story time. I had read this during a toddler story time, so I would be willing to try reading it to preschool aged children to see if they are more receptive to it. I truly appreciated the impression and information this book was trying to impart, however, the children just didn't enjoy it at the time.

Read during Toddler Time on November 5th, 2018.
Los Gatos Library
Everything about this book is bright and simple and appealing, like growing vegetables in your garden. The protagonist and his dad are growing vegetables in their garden, so they can make a vegetable soup. With simple text in large font, and lush, collage style illustrations, this book is well suited for a preschool audience. Everything is labeled, from the tools used in the garden, to the seeds they plant, to the worm in the broccoli, and the spoon used to eat the soup. Ehlert presents an overv ...more
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
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
Emily Peer
May 05, 2015 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
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
Julie Graham 47150
Apr 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Whole And
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
"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
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
My library has this in a 'big book' format and I used it for a gardening story time. It's really colorful and uses vegetables that kids are familiar with. The kids love these big books anyway, but they really enjoyed seeing the seeds in a larger format. I had more interruptions with awesome questions throughout this story than many of the other stories I read for this program. I think it's due to the larger format, but also just the familiar subject and the ending. I had a lot of 'Yum!' comments ...more
Jul 05, 2013 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
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A perfect choice for a unit about gardening or planting. Excellent read-aloud for kindergarten.
Sarah Balmer
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Contemporary Realistic
Grades: K-2
This is a cute and practical way to teach children about gardening and home cooked meals is one of my new favorites. I loved the bright and colorful illustrations from beginning to end, and would definitely use this as a way to talk about science and growing vegetables. This would be an easy book to do various activities with including making vegetable soup, planting vegetables, and talking about patience and hard work. I love this book!
Anne Miranda
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My copy is sitting beside me at my desk as we speak. Brilliant art. Lois Ehlert is a genius with color and design.
Megan Wagner
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
The pages are kind of blindingly bright.
Dec 01, 2011 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
Jul 22, 2011 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
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Shanna Gonzalez
Apr 10, 2012 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
Jun 24, 2013 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
Clare Mcpherson
Oct 29, 2013 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
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
Abby Hargreaves
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: board-books
Bursting with learning opportunities, Growing Vegetable Soup is primarily a list before anything else. The plot takes place over nearly the entire year, beginning with planting seeds and ending with the consumption of the foods produced. Without background knowledge of the time it takes to grow plants, the audience might walk (or crawl) away from this understanding that vegetables grow within a few days rather than over weeks or months. The colors are striking and bold, though there's perhaps no ...more
Chrissi Guarnieri
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
Growing Vegetable Soup is an informative book about what plants may grow in the garden, and simple garden care instructions. The pages are brightly illustrated with simple and labeled images. This book is perfect to introduce a baby or toddler to vegetables and gardening.
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Kimberly Austin
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good story from seed to table on how to grow a vegetable to make vegetable soup. Book has few words, and colorful pages. Good book for preschool through 1st grade.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Helps kids make the connections between food grown in a garden to the food they eat for lunch and dinner.
Sam Dawson
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family, educational
Family oriented book about gardening. The pictures follow the steps to make vegetable soup. A very easy follow along book for reading to your child before bedtime.
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Lois Ehlert has created numerous inventive, celebrated, and bestselling picture books, including Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Holey Moley, The Scraps Book, Mice, Ten Little Caterpillars, RRRalph, Lots of Spots, Boo to You!, Leaf Man, Waiting for Wings, Planting a Rainbow, Growing Vegetable Soup, and Color Zoo, which received a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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