Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup
Written by Jorge Argueta
Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng
Publication Date April 01, 2009
A USBBY Outstanding International Books selection
Black beans and black bean soup are staple foods for people who live anywhere from southern Mexico on down through Central America. They are comfort foods. For all people who have left their homeland to live in a new country, comfort food takes on a huge emotional importance.
This delightful poem teaches us all, young and old, how to make a heartwarming bean soup -- from gathering the beans, onions and garlic to letting them swim in the pot, until the house smells wonderful and it's time for supper.
Jorge Argueta's poetic voice and Rafael Yockteng's animated illustrations make this bilingual book about preparing bean soup a fun, almost magical experience.
Selected for the USBBY Outstanding International Books 2010
Jorge Argueta is an award-winning author of picture books and poetry for young children. He has won the International Latino Book Award, the Américas Book Award, the NAPPA Gold Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction for Juveniles. His books have also been named to the Américas Award Commended List, the USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List, Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices. A native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian, Jorge spent much of his life in rural El Salvador.
Rafael Yockteng has illustrated many highly acclaimed children’s books, including Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup by Jorge Argueta (USBBY Outstanding International Books), and Jimmy the Greatest! (which received six starred reviews) and Two White Rabbits (which received three starred reviews) by Jairo Buitrago. Together, Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng have won the “A la Orilla del Viento” contest (Fondo de Cultura Económica de México), and their books have been included in IBBY’s Honor List, “Los mejores libros del año” (Venezuela’s Banco del Libro), Kirkus Best Books, the Horn Book Fanfare and the White Ravens Catalogue.
"The earthy tones in the soft watercolor illustrations are pleasing to viewers...Kids will enjoy hearing the story read..." School Library Journal
"Reinforcing the strong connection between cooking and poetry, Argueta combines the two in a bilingual free-verse recipe for 'una sabrosa sopita de frijoles,' or 'yummy bean soup'...Both versions have an easy flow that positively bubbles with the young chef's elemental delight." Booklist
"Warm...authentic portrayal of cooking and eating as a family affair." School Library Journal