Cover image for Community Soup
Title:
Community Soup
ISBN:
9781772780703
Publication Information:
Pajama Press 2019/02
General Note:
[Paperback]

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Summary

Summary

In a garden outside a Kenyan schoolhouse children are working together to harvest the vegetables they have grown and make them into a soup for everyone to share. But Kioni is having trouble: her herd of mischievous goats followed her to school today and they are trying to eat all the vegetables. The ensuing chaos caused by the goats is cleverly resolved by the children, making their vegetable soup very tasty while saving Kioni's four-legged intruders at the same time.Using rollicking verse with echoes of "Mary had a Little Lamb," Alma Fullerton tells a lively story about communal projects and finding creative solutions that help everyone contribute. This lively story for young readers is graced with Alma's stunning primitive paper sculpture art - the first book she has chosen to illustrate herself.


Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

The recipe for Fullerton's second picture book, after A Good Trade, involves a bit of "Stone Soup," a dash of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," and a rural Kenyan setting. Outside a schoolhouse, children harvest vegetables for soup: "In the community garden, Jomo picks a pumpkin. Dalila plucks some beans. But where is Kioni?" Fullerton's illustrations mix paper collage with mixed-media elements, and the next page shows a girl with big brown eyes and a yellow cloth dress carrying bundles of grass, finishing her chores. When Kioni finally arrives at school, her goats follow, wreaking minor havoc and letting Fullerton riff on a familiar nursery rhyme: "Kioni has a herd of goats,/ with hair of calico./ And everywhere Kioni goes,/ those goats are sure to-go!" The shift from prose to verse is awkward, and story ends abruptly, but there's much to enjoy in Fullerton's textured illustrations, from the goats' wooly hides, to the dark green vegetation in the garden and thickly painted hills in the distance. A portion of sales benefits the Creation of Hope Project, which supports building community gardens in Kenya. Ages 4-7. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Kioni has a herd of goatsWith hair of calico.And everywhere Kioni goes,Those goats are sure to--Oh no! Excerpted from Community Soup by Alma Fullerton All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.