It was a very nice Sunday in the middle of spring, in the middle of breakfast, when Rudie Dinkins heard his mama say that Rudie's sitter, Mrs. Gittel, had the flu.
With his mother's help Rudie cooks a batch of chicken soup using Mrs. Gittel's secret ingredient: sweet memories of their friendship! And soon Mrs. Gittel, the Chicken Soup Queen, is feeling good as new!
Esther Hershenhorn's charming and poignant story accompanied by Rosanne Litzinger's warm, colorful illustrations will leave you craving your own tasty bowl of Chicken Soup by Heart in this heartwarming tale of friendship.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||9.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Esther Hershenhorn cooks up stories and chicken soup in Chicago, Illinois. Her published titles include the picture book There Goes Lowell's Party! and the middle-grade novel The Confe$$ion$ and $ecret$ of Howard J. Fingerhut. A former classroom teacher, Esther spends her days visiting schools and libraries, teaching and coaching children's book writers, and connecting writers through her work for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She's the first to admit her chicken soup is not a threat to Mrs. Gittel's.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a pretty cute book about friendship and helping others. I really like how Rudie adds "stories" into the soup. That can be a cute activity to go along with this book. Children can create recipes for the perfect friendship or the perfect classroom in the beginning of the school year.
When Rudie's sitter gets the flu, he uses her recipe to make her a batch of special chicken soup, including the secret recipe of stories from the heart.
Like the cover illustration, this story is round and warm, like a bowl of soup. It was a very nice Sunday, in the middle of spring, in the middle of breakfast, when Rudie Dinkins heard his mama say that Rudie's after-school and sick-day sitter, Mrs. Gittel, had the flu. But Mrs. Gittel is more than the sitter, isn't she? She is Rudie's older friend. Rudie goes down the hall to Mrs. Gittel's apartment and hears 13 "a-choos" before he even knocks on her door. When he's sick, Mrs. Gittel makes him chicken soup. So, with his mother's help, Rudie, a nice boychik, cooks a batch of chicken soup using Mrs. Gittel's secret ingredient: sweet memories of their friendship! The soup requires at least three sweet stories about the person who will be consuming the soup. And soon Mrs. Gittel, the Chicken Soup Queen, is feeling good as new! (if Arthur hadn't moved so far away, maybe her son, Arthur, could have made the soup? No?) Well, Mrs Gittel is cured so well, that she feels well enough to help Rudie who has a Tummy ache later in the day. Mommy seems to be crying in one illustration: Is it cuz Rudie is so sweet that you can bottle him as medicine, or is it because she is peeling an onion for the soup? Please be sure to read the recipe aloud at the end of the book. A recipient of a Sidney Taylor Award!