Mean Soup

Tomorrow Publishing House

$13.95 

An unsatisfying blend of realism and fantasy that may confuse young children. Horace has had a bad day--including getting stepped on by a show-and-tell cow and riding home with Miss Pearl, who nearly kills three poodles on the way. He feels mean, so his sympathetic mother suggests that they make soup. She salts a pot of boiling water and then they take turns screaming into it and sticking their tongues out at it. Horace also bangs a spoon on the side of the pot while it boils on the stove (an unsafe practice) and, in a jarring departure from realism, he breathes ``his best dragon breath,'' at which point flames emerge from his mouth. At last Horace smiles. The text is appropriately simple and direct. The stylized gouache paintings are large and clear enough for group sharing. They are boldly colored, energetically composed, and sometimes offbeat and silly. The final scene depicts Horace and his mother ``stirring away the bad day,'' but their backs are to the readers, which unfortunately lessens the emotional impact.

这一天霍斯过得很不高兴,他带着一肚了怨气回家。但是,霍斯的妈妈却知道怎么处理那一肚子的怨气——那就是煮一锅“生气汤”!

你看这位妈妈,一不批评,二不教训,三不追问。她知道,在这种场合讨论“儿童行为规范”没有任何意义。而且生气嘛,本就是天赋人权,不应该抵制孩子的情绪,而是要教孩子学会自我疏导。 

有时候,孩子难免处在负面的情绪当中,成人应该试着了解和接纳孩子的情绪,同时帮助孩子找到合宜的抒解管道。这是与孩子共读此书时,值得细细咀嚼的滋味。


获奖记录及赞誉:1994-1995年度小印第安人奖,1992年《书单》杂志编辑选书,美国平面设计协会年度选书

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