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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".

Not to degrade the reading skills of parents everywhere, but I cannot recommend enough getting an audio version of this tale to accompany your child's reading. Though I am now a wise and cultured 26 year-old (the years have been kind to me in this, my old age) I can still remember the chicken soup with rice tune. Heck, I read this entire book recently and found I could do the song perfectly with each and every line. Now maybe you have your own particular chicken soup with rice song style that you're just loathe to give up. If so, fine. I understand why you might not want to taint your already existing chicken soup melody. But if you haven't found a jingle to accompany this book, get the audio version immediately, if not sooner. Until you can sing "Whoopy once, whoopy twice, whoopy chicken soup with rice" with the correct oomph, you're missing out.

I take my "Chicken Soup With Rice" readings seriously. This book was the "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" of its day, and still remains the catchiest method to teach kids the months of the year. It is also seriously in danger of being forgotten. So pull out your old accordion and strap on your dancing shoes. The time for yukkin' it up to a merry dance of poultry broth is here. It's Sendak at his finest.
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on November 16, 1999
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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on August 11, 2006
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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on December 29, 1999
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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on February 16, 2006
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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on September 18, 1999
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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on November 2, 2006
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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on March 8, 2007
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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on September 22, 2015
One of the best books to read for anytime story time. There are those books out there that we put characters to and voices that tend to keep the children awake instead of the intended. This book is very soothing and a wonderful read every time. It's a classic!
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on August 5, 2013
I bought three of these because I remembered loving them when I was little. I don't remember the books being this small, but it is as described, so it was no shock that it was tiny. The size is fine for little hands, but would be better if it were made into a boardbook. The print is not so small that it is difficult to read. I am not sure why other reviewers have complained about that. If I knew that the "lap edition" sold would come bigger than this, I would have gotten that instead. That is why I am giving it 4 stars, because it would be better if it was bigger, since the illustrations are so great. But I think from the reviews the lap edition is the same tiny size. If you are looking for something of a normal size, this isn't for you.
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