By School Library Journal
Padma is embarrassed about bringing an Indian dish to share with friends at a neighborhood block party. She wishes her family’s contribution could be pizza. When her mother asks her to take the pot of lentil soup outside, Padma places it on the beverage table, carefully hiding it behind the drinks. But when the pot is discovered and the other children enjoy the delicious soup, Padma is proud to have helped her mother prepare the meal. With three very short chapters, controlled vocabulary, and lots of cheerful illustrations, this title conforms to the familiar structure of many beginning readers. The included soup recipe is a charming extra feature. This beginning reader distinguishes itself with its strong representation of children from a variety of cultures, addressing the need for greater diversity in this format. VERDICT A strong addition for all libraries serving new and emerging readers.