A Soup Opera

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A Soup Opera is a richly illustrated story about a man, a bowl of soup, and the man's comically frustrating quest to eat that soup. Characters in the cast of the opera include a waiter, a police officer and the President of the United States! Each book is packaged with a fully orchestrated CD that includes the narration, dialogue and instrumentation for the comic opera. The CD includes additional tracks created for teachers and others to use in dramatizing the book with children.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Jim Gill, Inc.; Har/Com edition (January 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981572103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981572109
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

Soup Opera is a great interactive story to use with kids of all ages

One person found this helpful.
 on August 26, 2015
By gale krekovich
Soup Opera was a big hit with my story time kids this summer! It fit in very well with our reading program Read to the Rhythm. I asked the kids to listen very carefully to the cd while I turned the pages of the book. They acted out each character (waiter, chef, etc.) without any prompting from me. When I pointed to the man waiting for his soup, they sang the line “I can’t eat the soup.” As the story continued they became more dramatic with each character. Afterwards when working on a craft I played the cd again and they started singing the entire book. A month later at another story time they were asking to hear the story again. They remembered all of the characters, what they said and did, etc. Soup Opera is a great interactive story to use with kids of all ages. I also use Jim Gill’s music at every story time program and preschool/daycare visit. The kids continually ask for Spin Again, Jumping and Counting, Shakin’ Everywhere and other favorites!

How cute is this?

One person found this helpful.
 on February 14, 2016
By Jill
What a cute book and a cute way to introduce opera to young students; the illustrations are wonderful and the CD that accompanies the book is terrific. No, it isn’t a book that would be used to introduce opera to students older than second grade, but the little ones have great fun singing along with the narrators: “What seems to be the problem here”? “I can’t eat the soup”! I use the book as a spring-board to teach facts about opera. I also like the book’s non-traditional illustrations, especially of the president of the United States. The first time that the students see a female in the role, they say “It’s a girl”! My students keep asking to hear the book!

This book is Brilliant!

One person found this helpful.
 on April 14, 2016
By Jessica Williams
This book is amazing! Myself and my colleague featured this book for our after school acting program and it was a hit. We had children from kindergarten to 2nd grade. They each auditioned, rehearsed and acted out each part for filming. We had to add an additional character but everything went over great. I highly recommend this book and the whole Jim Gill collection especially to educators and parents the things that you can do with his products are endless. Imagination at its best!!!

Sheer Genius

One person found this helpful.
 on March 10, 2014
By Dienne
If you’re between the ages of one and one hundred one, you will love this book. Although the book is aimed at young children, there is something for everyone here. Jim Gill was recently the keynote speaker at the Symposium sponsored by the Collaboration for Early Childhood, and you should have seen a room full of grown adults stretching their arms and belting out “I CAN’T EAT THE SOUP”! He was quite possibly the most entertaining “speakers” (he did as much singing as speaking) that the Symposium has ever had.


One person found this helpful.
 on December 8, 2013
By S. Power
A Soup Opera is a delightful picture book written by Jim Gill. I bought this to read in my music class, not really knowing what to expect. I put the CD in for my first class and opened it up and was delighted. It’s an “Opera” about a guy who can’t eat his soup. He repeats his problem over and over in a rich operatic voice and other characters come in and try to solve his problem. It’s repetitive in a manner that just encourages kids to sing along and the format allows for an easy introduction to operatic singing.

A lot of fun.

One person found this helpful.
 on March 29, 2015
By Peter
This book comes with a CD. My daughter loves it. Sometimes we use the CD and sing along, sometimes we sing on our own. Either way, my 3 year old ends up laughing hysterically. We have a great time with this book. I especially like that the President in the book is a woman. Nice message for the kids.

Wonderful Book For Teaching Music Appreciation

One person found this helpful.
 on August 3, 2012
By singingmama
I just received this book as a gift for my 15 month old. She LOVES it!!! It has been read 10 times already and we just received it yesterday! The book includes a wonderful CD that includes 3 ways for you to present the story to your child (1. a full recording of the book with full orchestration and singers 2. a track that allows you to read the story, hear the orchestra and singers, so that you and your child can Lip Synch. 3. tracks of the orchestration that allows you to read the story and be the performer.) This CD allows for even the least musically inclined to share a musical and literary experience with their child. Also, it allows children the opportunity for exploring their own musical talents as the lyric “I can’t eat the soup!” is sung over and over. As a early childhood music teacher, the number one thing I look for is do-ability and I think Jim Gill hit another home-run with this product. Easy musical lines, fun orchestration, and colorful illustrations will delight your child and parents/teachers too 🙂

We first saw it at a children’s program of the Roanoke Symphony and knew right away that it was perfect for our grand daughter

One person found this helpful.
 on December 18, 2014
By James F. Johnson
It is an outstanding and unique book. Our grand daughter (3 1/2) wants to read and sing it every day. We first saw it at a children’s program of the Roanoke Symphony and knew right away that it was perfect for our grand daughter.

Fantastic book!

One person found this helpful.
 on December 22, 2013
By Pauline Semp
The book came through the mail quickly and in perfect condition. It is a wonderful book that has become one of my preschoolers’ favorite. They walk around the classroom singing “I can’t eat my sooooooooop!” in their opera voice. It’s hysterical. They want to listen to it every day.


2 people found this helpful.
 on May 7, 2009
By A. Carollo
Purchased this book to use in my elementary music class. The students loved it. They sang along and then begged to act it out. A few simple props, and we had our own classroom opera. An excellent teaching tool and lots of fun.

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