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When Grandma died, Grandpa was too sad to do anything. All day long, day after day, he sat by himself in his house. Then one day Grandpa wakes up and realizes he misses the soup his wife used to make for him. So he decides to try to make the soup himself. Though each batch he makes is bigger and better than the last, Grandpa hardly gets a taste of it. Unexpected visitors, hungry for soup, keep arriving at his door. Soon Grandpa discovers that sharing with his new friends is the best cure for his loneliness. Ichikawa's warm illustrations show Grandpa's mood gradually changing from dark to sunny, and children will delight in Grandpa's charming parade of visitors Recommended for ages 4 to 8.
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2008
|Dimensions: 9.38 X 8.00 (inches)|
About the illustrator:
Satomi Ichikawa has illustrated many books for children including You Are My I Love You and La La Rose, which was awarded the 2004 Booklist Editors Choice. Satomi lives in France.
Parent Council, Ltd., Selected as Outstanding (2000)
Bank Street College, Best of the Best, Outstanding Books of 1997 to 2001
"This book is lovely, and the illustrations are perfect for the text."
"Unhappy after Grandma's death, Grandpa finally decides to re-create the soup she used to cook. With each try, he remembers another ingredient, and every day he shares his soup with an increasing number of guests ? from mice to children. In this simple but eloquent story, the illustrations become lighter, more colorful, and larger as Grandpa's spirits improve and expand."
"The story is translated from Japanese, but its gentle lessons on coping with grief are applicable to any culture."
"Ichikawa's 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 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."