- Age Range: 5 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
- Lexile Measure: 400 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (August 15, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585369675
- ISBN-13: 978-1585369676
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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On a snowy afternoon, a mouse grandmother's cooking aromas attract the noses of her neighbors.
A nice warm sopa, just enough for one, will make things cozy in Abuelita's sagebrush house. As she cooks, stirs, tastes, and adds ingredients to her pot, the distinct smell of piñon smoke drifts through the wood.
Someone's cooking something good.
Chipmunk, Rabbit, and Old Bear are determined to find out.
Is it sopa? Neighbors stare. / Three move closer, sniff the air.
But when Abuelita shows them her blue corn soup, the three friends can tell there is enough for only one. Not to worry; Abuelita has a plan for sharing. With each neighbor bringing the last of the fall harvest to Old Bear's lair, the blue corn soup turns into a friendship stew for all to enjoy. Detailed illustrations drawn in graphite and watercolor washes elicit the charm of these anthropomorphic forest animals dressed in scarves, vest, and hat. The alluringly repetitive rhyme employs the motif of three and moves the story along in an engaging iteration that includes a refrain that's altered slightly for each character.
Piñon smoke drifts through the wood. / Someone's cooking something good. / Rabbit bounces, sniffs about. / Is it sopa? He'll find out.
Three Spanish words Abuelita, sopa, and amigos sprinkled throughout are easily understood and add a Latinx flavor, though the decision to italicize the name Abuelita is distracting and somewhat off-putting.
A mostly delectable choice for late fall/early winter readings. (recipe) (Picture book. 3-6) --Kirkus Review
PreS-Gr 2 Abuelita Mouse prepares a batch of blue corn soup one wintry day. Soon, the wafting smell reaches the nearby canyon animals, each of whom wonders if sopa is on the menu. Upon reaching the mouse's home, the animals realize there is not enough food to share on this frigid day. But Mouse has an idea: if each animal contributes something to the soup, perhaps there will be enough. Bear finds a large pumpkin, Rabbit brings a basket of potatoes, and Chipmunk happily adds in a yummy squash. When all the ingredients are mixed together, a treat is had by all. A new name is given to the sopa--Friendship Stew. Perfect for storytime because of rhyming words and refrains like Pinyon smoke drifts through the wood. Someone's cooking something good. Smooth, calm illustrations match the text perfectly. A recipe for Blue Corn Soup is appended. Pair with a classic version of Stone Soup.
VERDICT This tale is sure to become a time-honored read-aloud in libraries and classrooms everywhere. --School Library Journal
What's better than sharing a bowl of homemade soup with friends on a cold winter day? In this adorable new book, the message of sharing your bounty with others comes across loud and clear while also telling a fun story.
It's cold, the wind is blowing, and Mouse decides to make Blue Corn Soup to help warm her tummy. She'll grind some corn and make just enough sopa... for ...one small mouse. Mouse tastes the soup and decides something is missing.
Mouse adds pepper, chop, chop, chop,
into the sopa with a plop.
Just enough for one small mouse
staying warm inside her house.
Mouse works hard, adding various ingredients to make her sopa extra tasty. As the meal cooks, the aroma drifts through the woods and other animals pick up the scent. Soon, Chipmunk, Rabbit, and Old Bear show up at her doorstep, hoping for a bit of the tasty sopa. But there is only enough sopa for one little mouse. What will they do?
The author of Blue Corn Soup, the late Caroline Stutson, was a talented author with a great gift for rhyming. She displayed that gift in telling this story, and the gently flowing words add a soft and welcoming feel to the story. It has a slight repetitive nature, with Mouse going chop, chop, chop every time she adds a new ingredient, and the aromatic smoke drifting through the woods each time a new ingredient is added. This repetition will be enjoyed by young children as they follow along with Mouse and her friends. The illustrations, in soft, subdued winter colors, add the perfect feel to the story. As a bonus, the recipe for Blue Corn Soup is included in the back of the book.
Quill says: An adorable and delightful tale of sharing that should be in every child's book collection. --The Feathered Quill
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Written by Caroline Stutson, illustrated by Teri Weidner and published by Sleeping Bear Press.
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