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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (February 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802853471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802853479
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,100,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Since Grandma's death, Grandpa has been too sad to do anything; he just sits in his house all day. One morning, he decides to make a batch of his late wife's meatball soup. Pulling his smallest pot from the shelf, the man sings the song she sang as she cooked ("Boil the water./ Roll the meatballs round..../ Add a little salt and pepper./ Add a little butter"). Three mice appear in the kitchen, drawn by the aroma, and Grandpa invites them to eat. Only a small portion remains for Grandpa, who is disappointed to find out that his soup doesn't taste as good as his wife's. On successive days, Grandpa prepares soup in progressively larger pots, each time remembering a new line of the cooking song ("Chop some tiny onions"). The drop-in guests multiply, finally including a handful of animals and 10 amiable children. Ichikawa's (Dance, Tanya) lifelike paintings brim with particulars, such as figures outlined on the door's curtain to foreshadow the identities of each batch of hungry diners. Spot art (which depicts Grandpa's range of pots, china bowls appropriately sized for his various visitors and the additions to his evolving recipe) appears alongside the text, helping youngsters read between the lines. Originally published in Japan, this endearing book features a multiethnic cast, and the message, too, transcends cultures. Ages 2-8. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-After his wife dies, Grandpa sits alone, day after day, barely eating and depressed. Finally one morning, he wakes up with a craving for the soup she used to make. Assuming he will need only enough for himself, he uses the smallest of his pots. When the soup is done, he hears a knock at the door. Three mice have smelled the soup, and he willingly shares it with them. Each day thereafter, the old man uses a successively bigger pot and remembers another missing ingredient, as first a cat, then a dog, and finally a group of children all come to share his meal. Grandpa's loneliness is eased, and he looks forward to the next day, when he will make soup "using all my pots." The talking animals add a jarring note of fantasy to what is otherwise a realistic story about grief and healing. The illustrations, done in soft earth tones, match the gentle atmosphere of this warm, but additional tale.
Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Grandpa's Soup" is a 32-page paperback designed for children ages 4-8 that tells the poignant tale of a widower who grieves for the death of his dear wife, eating only bread and milk day after day. When finally he decides to attempt to reconstruct a meatball soup just like his dear wife used to make, he uses the very smallest of his 5 cooking pots because he thinks he is only making enough soup for himself. But he has a surprise! Three tiny mice come to be his guests for a meal of humble meatball soup! He welcomes his guests and after feeding all of them finds just a little soup left for himself, which he eats, noting that it does not taste quite as good as the soup his dear wife used to make. There follows a lovely learning progression where he remembers more of the little song his wife used to sing when she made the soup, adding more tasty ingredients and making more soup every day, and welcoming at least one more surprise guest each time! The last time he makes the soup, it is full of wonderful healthy ingredients and his surprise guests include three mice, a cat, a dog and nine children, all of whom are friends and all of whom love Grandpa's soup! Thus rejoined to the living stream of joy and life, Grandpa decides that next time he will make soup using all his five pots! "Grandpa's Soup" is beautifully illustrated with subtle, shaded pictures that convey the mood of each stage of Grandpa's journey from sadness to joy again. His heartache for the absent wife is tenderly conveyed in drawings of her empty chair, with knitting by the side, and a vase of dead flowers nearby. The same setting shows the changes in grandpa's mood by first emptying the vase of dead flowers, then filling it with fresh new flowers, honoring his kind wife's legacy of love for him. There are many lessons of love, tolerance, respect, and sharing to be learned in "Grandpa's Soup."
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By A Customer on January 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As Grandpa mourns the loss of Grandma, he develops a desire for soup just like Grandma used to make. He works at remembering the recipe and discovers the reason she had so many pots for making soup. A great book to have on hand for children dealing with death or loss. I have watched my grandfather mourn this same loss and develop a desire for beets made just like Grandma used to make them.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a delightful story of a Grandpa, who after spending time grieving for his wife and surviving on bread and milk, decides to cook "Grandma's Meatball Soup."

The first time he makes it, he uses the smallest pot. Three mice join him and so there is just a small bowlful left for him after sharing. BUT the soup doesn't taste like Grandma used to make. The next day he makes it in the next size up pot and remembers another ingredient needed as he sings the rhyme Grandma used to sing. The cat joins the three mice to share the soup. It still doesn't taste like Grandma used to make. This continues until Grandpa uses the biggest pot of all. As he sings, he remembers all the ingredients and is quite surprised at how many join him to eat. This time though it tastes just like Grandma used to make.

A wonderful story and a great addition to the family library.
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By A Customer on June 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful story that moves from sad to happy, dark to light. It touches you with laughter and deep feels for grandpa. The simple use of soup brings the human spirit back to life and a death. A wonderful children's book for children to learn about how "eating soup" with older people can mean so much.
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