Chicken Soup With Rice



Each month has a poem with the soup theme.

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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?

This is a nice early work by children's book all-star Maurice Sendak. Every month in the year has a poem with the soup theme. The simple illustrations add warmth and character to the poems.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the soup theme in these poems. Which poems were your favorite, and where did the soup figure in those poems? Do you have a favorite kind of soup?

Book details

Author:Maurice Sendak
Illustrator:Maurice Sendak
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publisher:HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:December 31, 1969
Number of pages:30
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
Adult Written bySpiff April 9, 2008
Wonderful classic for all ages! I remember this book from my childhood!
Parent Written bydanana February 20, 2014

Chicken soup with rice, a book of months

Recommend this book for ages 3 and up for learning names of months of the year ! See a read aloud reading of it :


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