Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen

Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen

written and illustrated by DyAnne DiSalvo
Picture book, Morrow Junior Books, 1991, pb


  • 2000 Puttin’ on the Ritz Children’s Theatre Production
  • 1996 Reading Rainbow Selection
  • Notable 1991 Children’s Book NCSS/CBC
  • 1991 Children’s Books of the Year/The Child Study Book Committee

“Based on the actual volunteer experience of the author, this picture book provides a look into the soup kitchen without an overly sentimental view of the hungry or a dose of pessimism for the reader. With a note about soup kitchens introducing the story, this is informative and new, but not scary.”

“A boy wonders about the people he sees on his city’s streets until he goes to the soup kitchen where his uncle works. The varied needs of the individuals there become clear to the young narrator. The watercolors use earth tones and careful detail to illustrate aptly the warm, friendly story.
Horn Book

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