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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Series: The Nutshell Library
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (March 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006443253X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064432535
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 4.4 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Each month is gay, each season nice, when eating chicken soup with rice.

--This text refers to the Board book edition.

About the Author

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.

He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.


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For more than forty years, the books Maurice Sendak has written and illustrated have nurtured children and adults alike and have challenged established ideas about what children's literature is and should be. The New York Times has recognized that Sendak's work "has brought a new dimension to the American children's book and has helped to change how people visualize childhood." Parenting recently described Sendak as "indisputably, the most revolutionary force in children's books."
Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are, in 1970 Sendak became the first American illustrator to receive the international Hans Christian Andersen Award, given in recognition of his entire body of work. In 1983, he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, also given for his entire body of work.
Beginning in 1952, with A Hole Is to Dig by Ruth Krauss, Sendak's illustrations have enhanced many texts by other writers, including the Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik, children's books by Isaac Bashevis Singer and Randall Jarrell, and The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm. Dear Mili, Sendak's interpretation of a newly discovered tale by Wilhelm Grimm, was published to extraordinary acclaim in 1988.
In addition to Where the Wild Things Are (1963), Sendak has both written and illustrated
The Nutshell Library (1962), Higglety Pigglety Pop! (1967), In the Night Kitchen (1970), Outside Over There (1981), and, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy (1993). He also illustrated Swine Lake (1999), authored by James Marshall, Brundibar (2003), by Tony Kushner, Bears (2005), by Ruth Krauss and, Mommy? (2006), his first pop-up book, with paper engineering by Matthew Reinhart and story by Arthur Yorinks.
Since 1980, Sendak has designed the sets and costumes for highly regarded productions of Mozart's The Magic Flute and Idomeneo, Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen, Prokofiev's
The Love for Three Oranges, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, and Hans Krása's Brundibár.
In 1997, Sendak received the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton. In 2003 he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government. Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn in 1928. He now lives in Connecticut.

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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
These days, when a person says, "chicken soup" they're probably going to follow up those words with, "for the soul" or maybe "for the teenaged soul". Didn't used to be that way. Why I can remember a time when if a person said, "chicken soup" those words were followed by an enthusiastic "with rice!". Such was the power of Maurice Sendak's catchy 1962 children's book. I am pleased to report that if you care to read this book again today, you will find it hasn't dimished a jot in terms of frolicksome fun. In this book we are led through a whirlwind chicken soup year with our host, a boy who bears no little resemblance to Sendak's other great rhyming tale "Pierre" (in looks if not demeanor). It's a catchy flouncy bouncy combo of soup and the people who love it so.

This is ostensibly a book meant to teach your children the different months of the year. Each month gets its own rhythmic poem and accompanying illustration. These are fairly simple pen and ink drawings with the occasional splash of blue (in varying shades), yellow, gray, and green. You may wonder how an author could ever hope to come up with twelve highly original soup-related poems. I mean, honestly, how much is there to say about even the fanciest soup, let alone chicken soup with rice? Quite a lot, as it happens. In the cold winter months soup is supped while sliding on ice, while celebrating the birthday of a snowman, and in a gusty gale as a whale. In the spring there's robin's nest soup, soup to cure drooping roses, and soup stolen by jealous March winds. Our hero postulates the potential joys that could come of being a cooking pot, stewing soup or (oddly enough) as "a baubled bangled Christmas tree".
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be once of the best childrens books I have ever read. The pictures portrayed the poems wonderfully. A great way to spend a rainy day with your child, or to teach kids months of the year. This book really lets your child use their imagination. You should try watching the video with them too so they can see the book come to life!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve C. Streko on December 29, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
I remember being young, I don't know how old, but old enough to memorize every word. I had this Album, and wore out many a record needle listening to it. As I got to high school and attempted speech class, I knew there was one thing I knew backwards and forewards, chicken soup with rice, pick a ballad. And at auditions for plays or anything I needed to do, it was either johnny, the ballad of chicken soup, or Pierre. (I really didn't care which-inside joke to those who love pierre) anyway as I get older and see my friends have children and my relatives have children, I keep buying one book and tape over and over. This is one wonderful album which holds more treasures of memories than I can cram into any momorie book. and even to this day if you ask, I can still sing them all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julia L. Boyce on February 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
Thise people who left poor feedback did not read the listing ahead of time. It states that the book is small right on the first page here on Amazon. This book is fantastic no matter what size. Kids love a book that fits in their hands nicely. Need to share it with a crowd then give them all a copy or write the months poem on a chart. Just had to speak up as this book deserves better feedback by far!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Strom on August 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've used "Chicken Soup with Rice" to teach the months of the year to my kindergartners for the past two years, and they LOVE it. Each month, I print that month's poem on chart paper, and we listen to the Carole King recording (they clamor for the "Really Rosie" soundtrack) before looking for words we know. By the end of the year even my lowest readers are recognizing words all over the place! Lots of fond first-grade memories of my own with this book as well. Can't recommend it highly enough.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
Each month in my kindergarten class we memorize the chicken soup poem for the month. The humorous rhymes, pictures, and predictable pattern make it easy to learn. Kids love it, and months later they can still recite all the poems from the preceding months! I bought the big book also, and cut apart the pages to make posters to display every month.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Audrey Campbell on November 2, 2006
Format: Audio Cassette
I noticed a couple of reviews commenting on the size of the book. Apparently they were surprised at the small size. This is the original size published from the Nutshell Library. It is a very popular book for small children who love little things. I am a school librarian and little books are loved in our library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mother of 3 girls on March 8, 2007
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All of my children love this book. My first grader got it for Christmas and loves to read the rhymes. She is proud that she can do it herself. (Each month her teacher works on a month from the book with the class-not that she reads independently yet.) My girls especially enjoy reading the month they were born and singing "going once, going twice, going chicken soup with rice". This book is a classic that I remember from my childhood. I highly recommend it. I just wish the book was a larger size. It tends to get lost in the bookshelf among regular sized books.
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