Soup Day, with Giveaway

by 5 Minutes for Books

The winter winds are blowing cold now, so I wasn’t surprised to discover that January is National Soup Month in the U.S.! For its nutritional value and ability to keep us warm, soup makes the perfect chilly winter evening dinner, and I personally love when I can offer my children books that relate to our everyday lives. Melissa Iwai’s recent picture book Soup Day brings together educational concepts, real life experiences and adorable illustrations into the perfect winter evening storybook.

With the snow swirling all around them, a daughter and mother head to the market to purchase the supplies for soup day, adding fresh produce to their basket in easily countable groups, from “one bunch of crispy green celery” to “six big white mushrooms.” When they return home, preparing the vegetables is a job that mother and daughter can do together, and the natural shapes formed by the chopped veggies are remarked upon. While the soup simmers, they spend their time engaged in different loving interactions, with mom being an active playmate. After all the toys are cleaned up, the girl’s father returns home just in time to share the delicious soup. Bringing the experience from page to real life, the last page of the book includes a recipe for the very soup prepared in the story.

Personally, I love that this book involves color, shape and counting concepts in a natural manner, allowing for young children to count the objects along with the story but not presenting it in an overly didactic fashion. The text is short, but the story definitely comes to life through the bright illustrations and the experiences that all children can relate to. There’s a calm and serene feel to the story, similar to what one feels while relaxing at home amidst the savory smells of a soup cooking on the stove. My own children adore Soup Day (even as they’re still somewhat reluctant soup eaters themselves), and it has been an often requested read aloud this winter in our home! To see some pages of the book for yourself, head over to Melissa Iwai’s author website.

We’re happy to be able to offer a copy of Soup Day to one of our readers! Just leave a comment here to be entered (U.S. residents only, please). For one additional giveaway entry, you may subscribe to Melissa Iwai’s food blog The Hungry Artist- leave a second comment here telling us that you’ve done so.

We’ll announce the winner on January 31st, here in the weekly 5 Minutes for Books column.

5 Minutes for Books’ contributor Dawn‘s own cooking skills leave something to be desired, but she’s happy to be able to make one delicious pot of chicken soup all on her own! She blogs at my thoughts exactly.



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1 jenna January 17, 2011 at 12:58 am

I love soup and I love books! :)

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2 Lucy January 17, 2011 at 4:08 am

My 4-year-old and I would love to read this book together, especially since “Soup” happens to be my goal and word for 2011!

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3 Eileen January 17, 2011 at 6:44 am

I know my grandson would love this, and being mommy is pregnant, has in home day care and just happens to LOVE to read books to the kids, Soup Day would be a great addition to their little “library”. Plus, boy can we relate here to the “snow swirling all around”..for about 5 months every year!

thanks much!

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4 Amy January 17, 2011 at 8:37 am

I’d love to add this one to our collection!

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5 riTa January 17, 2011 at 10:17 am

This grandma loves children’s books and soup!
And giveaways :) !

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6 Shari January 17, 2011 at 11:01 am

Sounds like a great book for my almost four year old!

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7 Shari January 17, 2011 at 11:01 am

I love food blogs, so I happily subscribed to the Hungry Artist. :)

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8 Alison S. January 17, 2011 at 11:06 am

What a fun book!

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9 Alison S. January 17, 2011 at 11:06 am

I subscribed to emails from the hungry artist.

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10 Kristie January 17, 2011 at 11:10 am

Sounds like a cute book! Thank you for the chance to win!

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11 Brianna Beers January 17, 2011 at 11:14 am

I would love to read this with my boys. They are really into reading with mommy and I am always looking for reccomended books to read with them!

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12 Brianna Beers January 17, 2011 at 11:14 am

I subscribed to Melissas food blog!

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13 Jennifer Wells January 17, 2011 at 11:54 am

I just posted soup yesterday as my Recipe Post of the week. What a great book giveaway.
Thanks
Jennifer
Sunshine of autumn at yahoo dot com

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14 Cindy January 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Soup sounds perfect on a cold snowy day in Minnesota!

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15 Ruthie B January 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Please enter me too…this would be perfect to read & cook with my 4 year old grandson! Thank you!

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16 Vanderbilt Wife January 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm

It looks like something my book-fanatic daughter would love–and maybe it would encourage her to try soup or vegetables!

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17 Jewel cooke January 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I just love soup, especially chicken when you put your chicken in the prudente cooker. It brings out so much flavor. Yummy

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18 TerritoryMom January 17, 2011 at 3:44 pm

What a beautiful book. My kids would love it. Great giveaway, thanks.

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19 Jessica T January 17, 2011 at 5:09 pm

We are a soup loving and book reading family! Perfect for us!

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20 Linda Kish January 17, 2011 at 5:27 pm

What a cute book. I’d love to win this.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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21 Shondra January 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm

My son is 16 months old and absolutely loves being read to. Thanks for the giveaway!

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22 Jen B. January 17, 2011 at 9:47 pm

My daughter and I make cookies together but soup is much healthier! We’d love to try a new recipe.

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23 Jen B. January 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I just took a look at Melissa’s blog and I happily signed up. I need to get my pad and paper and write down some of those recipes, they look great. Thanks.

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24 Some Lucky Dog January 18, 2011 at 3:21 am

What a cute book!
someluckydog at gmail dot com

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25 Brenda Rupp January 18, 2011 at 5:05 am

I have a young person in mind for the soup book so please enter me into the contest!
~ : )

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26 Terra Heck January 18, 2011 at 5:31 am

Sounds like a wonderful book for the kids to read. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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27 Jaimie K January 18, 2011 at 9:46 am

How fun! I’d love to win it!

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28 Jaimie K January 18, 2011 at 10:02 am

I just subscribed to her blog. I wasn’t going to as I couldn’t just add her to my google reader (I hate getting tons of emails…), but I was looking at her blog and loving it! It’s great!

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29 Beth C January 18, 2011 at 10:33 am

I would love to be entered for this book. Thanks!

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30 LaVonne
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January 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm

This sounds like a great book :) Thanks!

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31 Petula January 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm

You’re right, that’s a perfect book for this kind of weather. I’ve never heard of National Soup Day. It’s funny how many “official” days there are. … The book sounds good.

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32 Megan January 18, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I’d love to win this to share with my daughter!
mearley1979 at gmail dot com

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33 nan January 18, 2011 at 9:08 pm

would love this book
nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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34 hippie4ever January 18, 2011 at 11:00 pm

One of the best things about the winter is the chance for making soups and stews :)

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35 DB January 19, 2011 at 10:35 am

I’d love to win.

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36 katklaw777 January 19, 2011 at 6:51 pm

The soups on…thanks for the giveaway!

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37 katklaw777 January 19, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I subscribed to Melissa Iwai’s food blog The Hungry Artist…….neat site, thanks.

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38 debi jackson January 19, 2011 at 8:31 pm

There is nothing better than a good book and soup on a snowday at home.

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39 mrsshukra January 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Super cute book, please count me in!

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40 Donna C. January 21, 2011 at 8:54 am

Sounds like a nice book. Thanks for the review.

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41 staceyk January 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Love soup and would love to see this book!

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42 Teresa Young January 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm

This sounds like a book that my grandkids (and their chef dad) would like.

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43 Beth C January 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

I’d love to be entered for this book. Thanks for the chance.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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44 Angie Ferenc January 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm

We love making a pot of soup together as a family- it’s become a weekly winter tradition. This book would make a great accompaniment! : )

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45 Debby January 24, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Wonderful book. It may actually get my kids to like to eat soup!!

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46 Staci A January 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm

It sounds like a very sweet book. My little one would love reading it!

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47 Maureen Timerman January 27, 2011 at 8:02 am

My 3 and 5 year old would love this book. Please include me!

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48 Melissa P. January 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm

What a wonderful book!

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49 Jessica M. January 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I think my boys would love this book! Thank you!

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50 Barbara Shelton January 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

My children and most of my grandchildren are grown beyond the age stage of these books, ……however, I have 12 great-grandkids who are just the right ages who would love them…me too! Secondly, I am a writer and considering a try at writing children’s stories. It would be a favor to me to win this book….I have much research to do, and I am physically disabled and unable to get to the library. Everything will be found online and through “how to” books I read. Thank you for this giveaway and for the chance to win this wonderful book. I hope I do win.

Grace & Peace,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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51 Barb Shelton January 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I’m so glad I visited Melissa Iwai’s author website.. I can’t wait for one of my grandkids or daughters to try those peanut butter pretzel cookie. They won’t last very long around here. I subscribed to the blog and look forward to receiving her email.

If I win the Soup Day book, I can serve the great-grandkids soup, the cookies and read the book to them. Sounds like fun!

Blessings,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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52 apple blossom January 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm

This looks like a cute book. love to win thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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53 Karen January 28, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Sounds a great book for my classroom.

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54 Sarah - PS Mom Reviews January 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm

This looks like a great book.

psmomreviews@gmail.com

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55 Laura H. January 29, 2011 at 10:04 pm

What a cute book! My niece would love this. Count me in.

BornajhawkATaolDOTcom

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56 Laura H. January 29, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Subscribed to Melissa’s food blog.

BornajhawkATaolDOTcom

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57 Lisa L January 30, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I’d love to read this book to my son

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58 Lisa L January 30, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I subscribe to Melissa Iwai’s food blog The Hungry Artist

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59 trixx January 30, 2011 at 11:57 pm

What a cute book to read with my daughter. :)

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60 trixx January 30, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I’ve subscribed to The Hungry Artist

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61 Anonymous February 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Was the winner announced on Jan 31st?

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