- Humorous fiction
Victoria, British Columbia :
Orca Book Publishers
- Item Description
- Translation of: La soupe aux lentilles.
- Physical Description
- 32 pages : color illustrations ; cm
Issued also in electronic format
- Main Author
- Other Authors
Two mice sit at a table set with bowls of steaming lentil soup. The younger brother asks, "Where did this soup come from?" and the older tells him to choose from four answers: Their uncle made it. The soup store. The soup fairy. A door-to-door salesman. But this is only the beginning of the little mouse's questions. Claiming that the soup is too hot to eat, he asks about each ingredient, starting with "Where do lentils come from?" The older mouse realizes that his brother is stalling, but because he can't resist sharing information, he keeps getting drawn back into the conversation. In the end, the little mouse can't eat his soup because it's "too cold." A recipe for lentil soup is appended. The story unfolds mainly through dialogue in speech balloons, and the brothers share a childlike sense of humor. Set against white backgrounds, deft line drawings with color washes create diverting, fanciful scenes involving dragons, fairies, or personified celery alongside perceptive illustrations of the two main characters. An amusing, surreptitiously informative picture book. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.
A young mouse cleverly avoids eating his soup by distracting his older brother with questions about every single ingredient.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Who knew a simple bowl of soup could be so interesting?When a younger brother decides his soup is too hot to eat, he starts peppering his older brother with questions: Where do lentils come from? What are those white things? Why is it called celery? One question leads to another and another and another, and the older brother answers them all with humor and dwindling patience. Through questions, jokes and riddles, we learn about lentils, tomatoes, salt, pepper and everything else we need to make a good lentil soup, including a recipe for readers to make it themselves.This delightfully illustrated picture book will pique the interest of little connoisseurs everywhere and encourage inquisitive minds to think about what goes into their favorite foods.