A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that it won't take long before children start repeating this poem. The writing is simple yet entertaining, and the art conveys warmth.
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What's the story?
Is it any good?
Sendak delivers a charming little book of poems and creatively maintains the chicken-soup-with-rice theme all the way through. Each poem is well crafted, and the artwork gives the book a warm feeling, much like chicken soup itself. There is a child's sensibility at work in the notions of a whale spouting chicken soup and of floating down the soupy Nile.
After a few readings, the words "chicken soup with rice" become like good-luck pieces that can be deployed on many occasions: Anything that's genuinely worthwhile, anything that sees you through -- that's chicken soup with rice. When a feverish 4-year-old asks for chicken soup with rice, a parent knows he or she is in the presence of something elemental.