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Picture Book Ages 4–8
List Price: $19.95 CAD / $16.95 USD
Hardcover with dust jacket
Trim Size: 26.67 x 22.86 cm / 10.5 x 9 inches
Available in schools, libraries and fine book stores
Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services
Can Kioni save the school vegetable garden from her herd of hungry goats?
In a garden outside a Kenyan schoolhouse, children are working together to harvest the vegetables they have grown and make them into a soup for everyone to share. But Kioni is having trouble: her herd of mischievous goats followed her to school today and they are trying to eat all the vegetables. The ensuing chaos caused by the goats is cleverly resolved by the children, making their vegetable soup very tasty while saving Kioni’s four-legged intruders at the same time.
Using rollicking verse with echoes of “Mary had a Little Lamb,” Alma Fullerton tells a lively story about communal projects and finding creative solutions that help everyone contribute. This tale for young readers is graced with Alma’s stunning primitive paper sculpture art—the first book she has chosen to illustrate herself.
Awards and Honours:
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
“The full-color, mixed-media collages steal the show…A great choice for group sharing or for units on communities.”—School Library Journal
“The recipe for Fullerton’s second picture book, after A Good Trade, involves a bit of ‘Stone Soup,’ a dash of ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb,’ and a rural Kenyan setting.”—Publishers Weekly
“For reading aloud or alone, a nourishing choice.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The simple sentences have a conversational tone and the superb pacing makes for a lively read aloud…[The] paper-sculpture illustrations are a visual feast.”—Quill & Quire
“The first line of this story draws readers into a day-in-the-life of Kenyan school community…”—International Reading Association
“…Fullerton’s incredible 3D collage illustrations in mixed media fairly leap off the page and cleverly complement the text.”—CM Magazine
“…the perfect ingredients to create an engaging and charming picture book.”—Canadian Children’s Book News