REVIEW: The Whole World Inside Nan’s Soup by Hunter Liguore, illustrated by Vikki Zhang
There’s something special bubbling in Nanni’s big metal pot. And it smells delicious! What ingredients might be inside? When Nanni lifts the lid on her soup, she reveals the whole world inside: from the seeds that grew into vegetables, to the gardeners who lovingly tended to the plants, to the sun, moon, and stars that shone its light above them. And, of course, no meal is complete without a recipe passed down generations of family, topped and finished with a Nanni’s love.
In this tender tale by award-winning author Hunter Liguore and artist Vikki Zhang, readers will marvel in how a community and world can come together to put on an unforgettable meal between a granddaughter and her Nanni. Perfect for fans of Thank You, Omu and Fry Bread.
Her granddaughter might think there are just vegetables in her nana’s soup but no, there’s much more. Nana gently points out just how many people, animals, and things are responsible for the yummy soup that her beloved granddaughter is going to eat from the pot and recipe handed down by generations of women in the family. The text might be a little over the heads of toddlers but I bet they’d love the colorful and amazing pictures – an Asian/Scandinavian fusion – as much as older children would enjoy the whole book. Look for the rabbits eating at the café, the bees pollinating the flowers, the bear on a bicycle (because – why not?), and the love that everyone has put into the delicious soup. B