Book Review: Rainbow Stew

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Rainbow Stew by Cathryn Falwell
From Miss Caroline at Main

Fall is just around the corner, gardens are ready to harvest, and we’ve got a great book to share with you: the newest title by children’s author and illustrator Cathryn Falwell.

Rainbow Stew is the story of a grandpa and his three grandchildren who, on a wet, rainy day decide to go out and gather ingredients from the garden to make a batch of rainbow stew.  After picking their way through all the colorful vegetables, they take a turn playing in the dirt and rain.  This is a delightful read for children of all ages, and includes a recipe to make vegetable soup at the end of the book.  Like Lois Ehlert’s Growing Vegetable Soup, this story is a great way to introduce children to the types of vegetables that grow in the garden.  It also encourages children to want to actually taste the vegetables as well, since they can help plant, grow, pick, or prepare them.

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This would be a great story for a variety of themes.  You could do a gardening story time, one on colors, or one on soup.  There are many other books that would go with each theme.  But best of all, would be a story time on vegetables with lots of samples afterward!  Paired with Rah, Rah, Radishes!, this would be a delicious way to interest children in eating lots of different kinds of vegetables.  There is even a whole website featuring Rainbow Stew, which includes “a whole bushel of ideas for Gardening, Cooking, & Creating with Kids”!

I love author/illustrator Cathryn Falwell and have used her books in the past for story time, including one of my favorite books, Feast for 10 which uses the numbers 1 to 10 to describe how family members shop for and prepare a nice dinner together.  Other great books include another garden-themed story, Mystery Vine: A Pumpkin Surprise; more about pond animals like Pond Babies, Turtle Splash, and Scoot!; and one just right for new parents, We Have a Baby.  Check our catalog for even more books by Cathryn Falwell.

Happy fall, happy harvest, and happy eating!

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