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Kallaloo!: A Caribbean Tale

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  33 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Can a shell really make soup? Yes, if Granny stirs the pot and with a little help from the folks in Market Square. Regional dialect, bright illustrations, and a recipe for Kallaloo, a seafood gumbo that is a West Indian favorite, bring a distinctly Caribbean flavor to this adaptation of the traditional tale, Stone Soup.
Hardcover, 38 pages
Published January 3rd 2005 by Cavendish Square Publishing
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Lauran Ferguson
Sep 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ch-02-ncss
I liked this book. In the story, Granny uses the idea of a magic shell to trick the town's people into giving her ingredients to make Kallaloo. I think the story line was clever. but it might give children the idea that they can trick people into getting what they want. The illustrations, on the other hand, were absolutely perfect. They were very colorful and brought the book to life.
Lisa Carter
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kallaloo! is the Caribbean (West Indies) equivalent to Stone Soup. However, instead of a stone a poor grandmother uses a magic shell to get the villagers to help her make some soup. This soup will be plenty hot (spice wise), much more so than the original tale. This version of the story is geared to represent values from the Caribbean people. The pictures are beautifully done and really bring the book and extra life that it wouldn't otherwise have. The book also contains a lot of Caribbean diale ...more
Feb 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: folklore
When Granny uses a “magic shell” to make kallaloo, the townspeople contribute meat, vegetables, fresh fish and more to the brew in this version of Stone Soup set in the West Indies. Greenseid’s acrylics echo the vibrant greens, blues, and corals of the Caribbean, while characters speak in colorful, Caribbean dialect, making this a fun read-aloud. An authors’ note describes the actual dish kallaloo, and two recipes for it are included at the book’s end. Delightful from beginning to end, this book ...more
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
KALLALOO! A Caribbean Tale By: David & Phillis Gershator ISBN: 0-7614-5110-2, 2005.
Kallaloo is a Caribbean gumbo, a thick green soup originally made with the leaves of the kallaloo, a ground-growing vine (spinach makes a good substitute). The words Kallaloo and gumbo are African in origin. Granny’s belly is bawling and she has no food to eat when she finds a magic shell that whispers to her, “soup”! Granny runs into town and tells the towns people that it can make soup. She convinces people
Brooke Devarennes
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a poor grandmother who gets help from a magical shell to make a type of soup called Stone Soup, or more locally known as Kallaloo. The shell tells her what to put in the soup and the people in the Market Square help to gather all of the ingredients. They celebrate the free gumbo like soup and Granny returns the conch shell back into the ocean. This book is great for ESOL students, for teaching dialect, imagery, and fantasy.
Megan Richards
Caribbean version of the tale stone soup. In this version, the main character is poor granny who is trying to find something to eat when a shell calls to her from the beach. She uses this shell to convince the community to make Kallaloo, a Caribbean soup. Colorful, rich illustrations that fit the words and mood of the story. Gershator provides a recipe for Kallaloo at the end.
Brionna Barcolleh
Gershator, D. Gershator,P. (2005).Kallaloo!A Carribean Tale. Tarrytown, NY:Marshall Cavendish Childrens Books.

Subtopic: West Indian
Genre: Folk Tale
Topics: West Indian Culture, Traditions, Regional Dialect
Synopsis: This West Indian Folktale is a recreation of Stone Soup. Granny needs help making "Kallaloo", but she can not do it without the help of teamwork of the townspeople.
Shakila Lightfoot
Granny needs help making soup and she cannot do it without the help of the people at the market. They help her gather ingredients. I think it is a great way to teach students that you need a "community" in order to truly succeed.
Caitlin Day
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it
The pictures in this book are really nicely done, but the story line may be hard for children to follow and the words can often be big. It might be intimidating for children to read.
Apr 20, 2011 rated it liked it
perfect for a "trip" to the caribbean during the summer!
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: latin-america
While I personally believe that writing "in dialect" is kind of racist, this is an interesting twist on the "Stone Soup" legend that provides a great opportunity to teach kids about diversity.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This Caribbean version of the classic "Stone Soup" had my mouth watering!
I copied out the simple recipe at the end. Now I have to figure out how to make fungee! Ah, soup!
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