Disclosure: I received a copy of “Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup” to assess. All opinions are my own.
“Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup” by Pamela Mayer is a unique and delightful picture book that celebrates the merging of two cultures. Sophie Chang is a little girl with two grandmas: one Chinese, one Jewish.
Sophie loves eating both of her grandmas’ soups. She loves her Bubbe’s Jewish chicken soup made with kreplach, and also loves her Nai Nai’s chicken soup with wontons. Which one is the best? Sophie celebrates the best of both cultures by creating a delicious surprise that brings together both sides of her family.
I enjoyed the multicultural theme in this book as it’s relevant in today’s diverse society. Even if your family isn’t Chinese and Jewish, the message of honoring the heritages within one’s family is universal.
The fun and friendly illustrations by Deborah Melmon capture the warmth of family togetherness. Early readers will be able to read this on their own, and parents will enjoy sharing this story with little ones.
“Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup” published by Kar-Ben Publishing was released in Fall 2016. The book is recommended for ages 4-9 years. To purchase, please visit your Judaica gift shop or bookstore, or at 1-800-4KARBEN or online at www.karben.com. Find the book on Amazon.com as well.
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