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Blue corn soup
Ann Arbor, MI : Sleeping Bear Press, [2017]
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
As Mouse prepares soup to keep herself warm on a snowy autumn day, her forest friends arrive, hoping to share.
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JP Stutson

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As snow begins to fall in the canyon, Mouse knows just what will keep her warm--blue corn soup. As the soup starts simmering, her neighbors catch the scent and hope to share. There isn't nearly enough blue corn soup for everyone, but Mouse has an idea that will keep them all toasty, their bellies full, and will make friends out of neighbors.

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Horn Book Review

Mouse Abuelita prepares a small pot of sopa. Tantalizing piqon smoke draws Chipmunk, Rabbit, and Old Bear to her treehouse. The amigos combine their food to create "Friendship stew" for a delicious feast. Accompanied by softly rendered illustrations, this zesty story in rhyme, peppered with a few Spanish words, highlights teamwork and neighborliness. Soup recipe appended. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

On a snowy afternoon, a mouse grandmother's cooking aromas attract the noses of her neighbors.A nice warm sopa, just enough for one, will make things cozy in Abuelita's sagebrush house. As she cooks, stirs, tastes, and adds ingredients to her pot, the distinct smell of pion smoke drifts through the wood. "Someone's cooking something good." Chipmunk, Rabbit, and Old Bear are determined to find out. "Is it sopa? Neighbors stare. / Three move closer, sniff the air." But when Abuelita shows them her blue corn soup, the three friends can tell there is enough for only one. Not to worry; Abuelita has a plan for sharing. With each neighbor bringing the last of the fall harvest to Old Bear's lair, the blue corn soup turns into a friendship stew for all to enjoy. Detailed illustrations drawn in graphite and watercolor washes elicit the charm of these anthropomorphic forest animals dressed in scarves, vest, and hat. The alluringly repetitive rhyme employs the motif of three and moves the story along in an engaging iteration that includes a refrain that's altered slightly for each character. "Pion smoke drifts through the wood. / Someone's cooking something good. / Rabbit bounces, sniffs about. / Is it sopa? He'll find out." Three Spanish wordsAbuelita, sopa, and amigossprinkled throughout are easily understood and add a Latinx flavor, though the decision to italicize the name "Abuelita" is distracting and somewhat off-putting. A mostly delectable choice for late fall/early winter readings. (recipe) (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.