soup of the day: seven more titles by laura purdie salas!

Holy Lettuce, Batman!

Laura Purdie Salas has gone and done it again!

Do you remember back in January, when I made some soup celebrating Laura’s seven (!) new books? Well, this month, uber-prolific Laura has seven more titles out (as far as I know)!

There are four new titles in the A+ Books Poetry Series published by Capstone Press, and three new titles in the Amazing Science Series published by Picture Window Books. Laura’s Amazing Science books, illustrated by Jeff Yesh, are geared for grades 1-4 (24 pp):

From Mealworm to Beetle: Following the Life Cycle
From Seed to Daisy: Following the Life Cycle
From Seed to Maple Tree: Following the Life Cycle.


You may remember that the A+ books (PreK-2) contain stunning photographs paired with Laura’s expertly crafted poems on various subjects. This new batch includes:

Always Got My Feet: Poems about Transportation
Chatter, Sing, Roar, Buzz: Poems about the Rain Forest
A Fuzzy-Fast Blur: Poems about Pets
Lettuce Introduce You: Poems about Food.

Did somebody say FOOD?

Pre-readers will love hearing these poems read aloud as they pore over the exuberant larger-than-life and life-size photos. Early readers will love sounding out all the delicious and crunchy words as they explore the essence of different foods. Laura serves up a variety of poetic forms, too — limerick, acrostic, concrete, haiku, and limerick.

It’s very hard to resist licking the pages, as there’s sushi, spaghetti, buttered corn-on-the-cob, s’mores, a skyscraper sandwich, a waffle, and my favorite, *drum roll, please*, a hearty bowl of alphabet soup! There are glossaries in the back with poetic terms and word definitions, as well as suggestions for further study (book titles and internet links). Highly recommended for home schoolers and school libraries!

Well, folks, today you’re allowed seven helpins’ of soup to properly congratulate Laura for all these great new titles (I’ve got my ladle ready for refills). These books are the perfect way to begin a new school year — so click on through!

        Today’s Special: Salas Salada (food of choice for souper women)

Check out Laura’s website and blog for more about her books and online courses. She’s also co-blogging with Fiona Bayrock over at Bubble Stampede. Both ladies have trade books coming out next year and are chronicling their promotional efforts. Laura is very excited because her new book, Stampede: Poems about the Wild Side of School (Clarion, 2009), will be her first trade book, after years of publishing for the educational market.


*Special thanks to Mary Hershey for use of the photo!

9 thoughts on “soup of the day: seven more titles by laura purdie salas!

  1. Thank you, Jama–you’re so sweet! And so you actually have at least one of the poetry books in hand? I haven’t gotten my copies yet. I’m waiting impatiently. Very impatiently! Thanks for the very nice words about the food book. That one was really tough for me! (I’ll be sharing some about the writing process of those four books…if I ever get my copies!)
    I thought of you when I was reading galleys of these and re-read my alphabet soup poem:>)
    Thanks for helping spread the word about all my latest stuff. You da bomb. The alphabet soup bomb. (And how do you do those alphabet soup pix? Maybe this is a dumb question, but is it a graphics tool of some kind, or are you actually hand-creating all your wonderful alphabet soup cheers?)


  2. Well, this is where all that dreaded multi-tasking comes in…useful but sometimes creativity-stifling. If only I could learn to do some of the boring stuff (write queries, answer emails, pay bills, etc.) in my sleep. Now THAT would be some great multi-tasking.


  3. Yes, I ordered my very own copy of Lettuce Introduce You. I didn’t realize you had done an alphabet soup poem. You should have heard my squeal when I turned the page and saw it! You created some mighty delicious verses; love the variety of forms. It makes for a fun, engaging, surprising romp. Kids will love it. Maybe I should have worn my bib to catch the drool while I was reading it :)?
    You give me too much credit. I don’t have enough technical knowledge to do the soups with a graphics tool. I just make them by hand — boil the alphabets, pour the soup out, and place the letters with a toothpick. (It’s good therapy.)
    I’m looking forward to your posts about all your new titles!


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