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Share a Story: Soup Storytime

If you missed our soup storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to create your own tasty storytime at home.

From Storytime

Soup for one by Ethan Long

One little fly thinks he is getting a big bowl of hot soup to himself, but one after another unwelcome pals join him right up to the last slurp. Count them one to ten. Have fun finding the sneaky spider in each page spread.



     Five little carrots in my soup bowl

     One fell off my spoon and started to… ROLL!

     It bounced down the table and rolled down the hall.

     How many carrots are left in my bowl? (repeat until all the carrots have rolled down the hall)

A poor but clever traveler finds a way to get the townspeople to share their food with him in this retelling of a classic tale, set in Germany at the end of the Thirty Years War. There are more variations on this story in the folktale section, at J398.24 STO.


PEASE PORRIDGE HOT (Make up a clapping rhythm to go along, or try it fast and slow)

     Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold, Pease porridge in the pot, nine days old;

     Some like it hot, some like it cold, Some like it in the pot, nine days old.

We listened to "I Feel Crazy so I Jump in the Soup," but there are many fun songs to dance and sing to on this album.

Music play for young children, that includes "Old Sock Stew."

More Songs and Stories to Enjoy

Each time a waiter returns with a new bowl of soup to satisfy a customer's complaint, a different animal appears in the soup.

Two grandmas. Two delicious recipes. Sophie loves Bubbe's Jewish chicken soup, made with kreplach. She also loves Nai Nai's Chinese chicken soup, with wonton. But don't tell Bubbe and Nai Nai that their soups are the same!

Is that wise, Pig? by Jan Thomas

Mouse and Cow are making soup, but Pig keeps trying to add strange ingredients.

A soup opera [kit] by Jim Gill

A story about a man and his comically frustrating quest to eat a bowl of soup is accompanied by a fully orchestrated CD that includes the narration, dialogue, and instrumentation for a comic opera.

Pumpkin soup [kit] by Helen Cooper

The Cat and the Squirrel come to blows with the Duck in arguing about who will perform what duty in preparing their pumpkin soup, and they almost lose the Duck's friendship when he decides to leave them.

Tiger in my soup by Kashmira Sheth

Left in the care of his older sister, a boy begs her to read his favorite book but she is too absorbed in her own reading even to notice when a tiger comes to life in the steam from his soup.

Ten rabbits are hungry for supper but Mama Rabbit has nothing to put in her soup pot, so Papa sends the little ones to the garden where they discover increasing numbers of foods in many different colors.

A cookbook for use by young chefs, it includes a variety of recipes.