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Famous Seaweed Soup
At the beach, Sara gathers all the ingredients for her famous seaweed soup. No one helps her, but when the soup is ready, she says that everyone must try it. Why? Because no one helped her!
Famous Seaweed Soup was my first children’s picture book. It was published in 1993 and enjoyed a nice life until 2013. Sadly, it is no longer in print, but you can read along with me on this YouTube video.
Kirkus Review: In her first book, Martin structures a family visit to the beach around a clever inversion of “The Little Red Hen.” Nobody helps Sara make her soup of seaweed (two kinds), snails, and “smelly stuff” from a beachcombing–her parents are busy putting on sunscreen, fixing lunch, taking care of the baby, or reading. Sara doesn’t mind at all; she stirs up her concoction with a feather and exacts her penalty:
those who didn’t help must eat it! Which they cheerfully do, with much slurping and, presumably, little swallowing. An engaging approach to a popular subject, winningly visualized in Westcott’s lively illustrations; she summons up the seaside flavor in dozens of deftly captured details–the curl of a sandy bare toe, a curious gull’s cocked head, a relaxed parent’s smile. Nice. (Picture book. 3-7) — Copyright ©1993,
Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
School Library Journal (1993) Famous Seaweed Soup offers a sweetly
delivered catalog of beach activities and beachcombers’ treasures. In other words, it’s a child-oriented portrait of a family outing.”–School Library
Journal. Full color.