Saturday, September 22, 2018

Kid Konnection: Bone Soup

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week I'm going to share with you a fun book that will get you ready for Halloween!

Summary: Three little witches and a bunch of spooky characters come together to prepare a delicious batch of Bone Soup in this Halloween tale based on the beloved fable, Stone Soup. This just-scary-enough picture book comes with a recipe for Bone Soup—perfect for Halloween eating.

Trick-or-treat? Trick-or-treat!

We’ve something usually good to eat!

One Halloween morning three witches are looking for a tasty treat and they find only a small bone in their cupboard. So they decide to go from door to door in their village to find just the right ingredients for their Bone Soup. No one in the village is convinced that soup can be made from a bone, until the littlest monster reveals just what the special ingredient should be. -- Simon and Schuster

It's never to early to share a Halloween book, right? Pumpkin Spice Lattes have been available at Starbucks for a few weeks, so I figure that means fall is here even though the weather doesn't feel like it!

BONE SOUP: A SPOOKY TASTY TALE by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and pictures by Tom Knight is an adorable picture book for kids ages 4 - 8. Three hungry witches were ready to eat, but they couldn't find anything in their cupboards. So what do they decide to do, you might ask? They decide to make some Bone Soup -- the perfect Halloween treat.

The witches go from door to door "trick or treating," but in this case they collect a variety of items to make their soup including wrinkled fingers, old toenails, a lizard's tale, and more. No one in the village really believes that Bone Soup will come of this strange concoction... but with the help of one little monster, a wonderful brew was created!

I thought BONE SOUP was adorable and perfect for Halloween read-alongs! This story is based on the traditional folktale Stone Soup and conveys the idea that something great can come when people work together. It's a fun story with adorable illustrations, and it has a fantastic message too.

The last page of BONE SOUP made the story even more special. Not only is there a note from the author about what the soup (and writing!) represent in the story, there's also a fun recipe for Naggy Witch's Bone Soup. Of course, we don't have toenails, claws, and colored flies readily available, so the authors found some substitutes that might be more palatable to the reader like cannellini beans, cloves of garlic, and red pepper flakes. I think kids and parents will have a great time making a batch of Bone Soup!

BONE SOUP is an entertaining picture book that's sure to get everyone in the mood for Halloween... and dinner!

Thanks to the Blue Slip Media for providing a review copy of this book.

If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, please leave a comment as well as a link below with your name/blog name and the title of the book! Feel free to grab the little button too!


bermudaonion said...

This sounds adorable!

Stacie said...

I loved this one too! The recipe at the end is a perfect tie-in!

Dorothy N said...

I need to get this book for my two little grandchildren. They are at the age where they will get a real kick out of Bone Soup! Thanks for the great review!