School Library Journal - Blue Corn Soup
School Library Journal (Oct 2017)
Abuelita Mouse prepares a batch of blue corn soup one wintry day. Soon, the wafting smell reaches the nearby canyon animals, each of whom wonders if sopa is on the menu. Upon reaching the mouse’s home, the animals realize there is not enough food to share on this frigid day. But Mouse has an idea: if each animal contributes something to the soup, perhaps there will be enough. Bear finds a large pumpkin, Rabbit brings a basket of potatoes, and Chipmunk happily adds in a yummy squash. When all the ingredients are mixed together, a treat is had by all. A new name is given to the sopa—Friendship Stew. Perfect for storytime because of rhyming words and refrains like “Pinyon smoke drifts through the wood. Someone’s cooking something good.” Smooth, calm illustrations match the text perfectly. A recipe for Blue Corn Soup is appended. Pair with a classic version of Stone Soup. VERDICT This tale is sure to become a time-honored read-aloud in libraries and classrooms everywhere.