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Children's Fiction Cooking & Food

Lentil Soup

by (author) Carole Tremblay

illustrated by Maurèen Poignonec

translated by Charles Simard

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Oct 2021
Cooking & Food, Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc., Humorous Stories
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
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    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


Who knew a simple bowl of soup could be so interesting?

When a younger brother decides his soup is too hot to eat, he starts peppering his older brother with questions: Where do lentils come from? What are those white things? Why is it called celery? One question leads to another and another and another, and the older brother answers them all with humor and dwindling patience. Through questions, jokes and riddles, we learn about lentils, tomatoes, salt, pepper and everything else we need to make a good lentil soup, including a recipe for readers to make it themselves.

This delightfully illustrated picture book will pique the interest of little connoisseurs everywhere and encourage inquisitive minds to think about what goes into their favorite foods.

About the authors

Carole Tremblay has been working in children's literature for almost thirty years in a variety of roles, such as bookseller, library assistant, literary critic, editor and author. She has written over seventy books for young readers and is the coauthor of the popular Toopy and Binoo series. Carole lives in Montreal.


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Maurèen Poignonec studied fine arts in Versailles, Paris and Strasbourg. She was recognized for her work at the Angoulême International Comics Festival and has illustrated picture books and novels with several European publishing houses. Maurèen lives in France.


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Charles Simard is a Québécois editor and translator from Tiohtià?ke / Montréal. He works as poetry, fiction, and nonfiction editor for Talonbooks in Vancouver on Coast Salish Territory. His published work includes the essay Littérature, analyse et forme: Herbert, Tolkien, Borges, Eco (EUE, 2010) and a number of translations for Orca Book Publishers, including Elise Gravel’s The Wrench and Myriam Daguzan Bernier’s dictionary of sexuality, Naked!. As a lexicographer, he has collaborated on the making of the popular linguistic suite Antidote in its bilingual editions. He holds a PhD in literature from Université de Montréal and was a postdoctoral fellow at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.


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Editorial Reviews

“Diverting, fanciful…An amusing, surreptitiously informative picture book.”


“A playful story...that will likely keep its intended audience entertained throughout.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A charming book about soup and love…There’s something for everyone hidden in the sweet, whimsical details.”

Kirkus Reviews

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