• Title: Making Minestrone
  • Author: Stella Blackstone, Nan Brooks
  • Released: 2000-08-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 32
  • ISBN: 1841482110
  • ISBN13: 978-1841482118
  • ASIN: 1841482110
From Publishers Weekly 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.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal 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
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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