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Making Minestrone Hardcover – August, 2000

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A boy ponders, "What do you do when you're feeling lonely?/ You ask all your friends around to make a minestrone!" One ingredient at a time, he and a handful of ethnically diverse friends harvest tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini and more, until the children have concocted a communal "homegrown, home cooked, magic minestrone." Brooks (My Little Promise Bible) simmers together an array of ingredientsAchildren populate tableaux of vegetables, animals, flowers and trees framed by colorful borders of legumes or root veggies; more often than not, a creature peers over a dog-eared page. The artist also offers a subtle message about vegetarianism: pigs contribute to the cheerful chaos of rooting out potatoes, chickens look on while children pick the zucchini. Though some couplets are a stretch ("Bubble, bubble, bubble! Quickly lay the table!"), Blackstone's (You and Me, reviewed above) text, together with the artwork, makes a gently appealing homily on food and friends (including the four-legged variety)Aand the value of eating one but not the other. Readers tempted to make their own minestrone can follow the recipe in the back. Ages 4-8.
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Kindergarten-Grade 2-A simple, rhyming text recounts how five children gather ingredients from a garden to make soup. "Over there are onions-they will make you cry!/And here are peas and green beans,/climbing to the sky." The full-spread illustrations, rendered in watercolors, inks, and colored pencils, include plenty of whimsical details. After all of the veggies have been collected, the youngsters head back to the kitchen to make their "Homegrown, home cooked, magic minestrone!" The idyllic garden contains no weeds or damaged plants, even though there are bunnies, pigs, squirrels, mice, sheep, goats, and chickens wandering among the plants. There is not an adult in sight, but the children handle everything beautifully. A recipe is appended.
Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books (August 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841482110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841482118
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,843,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stella Blackstone has written many bestselling titles for Barefoot Books, including the popular Bear and Cleo series, An Island in the Sun, Secret Seahorse and Who Are You, Baby Kangaroo? Stella lives with her family in Somerset.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on October 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Making Minestrone is a fun book for children which features a rhyming text about making minestrone soup. Not only will kids enjoy reading the simple text and looking at the colorful illustrations, but they will also look forward to making this vegan soup. The beginning of the story lets the reader know what ingredients are required - green beans, carrots, onions, peas, potatoes, zucchini, pasta, cooking oil, salt and pepper, and water. The story features several children gathering vegetables they need for their soup from a vegetable garden. The end of the book contains the actual recipe for the soup. Making Minestrone is an entertaining book for young children, but it will be appreciated by anyone who enjoys a tasty, ethical meal. --Reviewed by N. Glenn Perrett
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Brooks on December 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A jaunty rhyme runs through a garden and kitchen with a group of multi-ethnic children who collect the ingredients to make a soup and encountering a range of animals along the way. delightful!
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