Monday, February 19, 2007

Picture Book: Carrot Soup

"Carrot Soup", by John Segal, is an excellent picture book for Spring or Easter themed storytimes. Spring is rabbit's favourite season, and he plans his garden (full of only carrots) very carefully. The delicate watercolour illustrations follow his hard work as he plants and tends the garden, until he finds that there are...No Carrots!?
It's clear someone has stolen them, so rabbit goes and asks all his friends in turn if they have seen the missing harvest. Of course, every animal denies any knowledge of the theft. Attentive kids will notice that in the background of every spread, rabbit's friends are wandering around with wheelbarrows full of the missing carrots, and party supplies galore. All this leads up to a surprise party for rabbit at his burrow, where the meal of honour is, you guessed it, carrot soup. An excellent picture book with a warm ending, and kids will love being in on the joke as rabbit searches for his carrots in vain.
Picture Book
Ages 4-7
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