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Hunter Liguore, author/Vikki Zhang, Illustrator

A rumination on our ability to recognize our interconnectedness with all people, that in order to eat a single meal, it takes the whole world to make it.



Reading Age


Yeehoo Press


  • Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers  Winner, K-3.

  • Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Honor Book.

  • A Celebrate the Earth Reading Selection/SCBWI.

What's in Your Soup?

There’s something special bubbling in Nanni’s big metal pot. And it smells delicious! What ingredients might be inside? When Nanni lifts the lid on her soup, she reveals the whole world inside: from the seeds that grew into vegetables, to the gardeners who lovingly tended to the plants, to the sun, moon, and stars that shone its light above them. And, of course, no meal is complete without a recipe passed down generations of family, topped and finished with Nanni’s love.

In this tender tale by award-winning author Hunter Liguore and artist Vikki Zhang, readers will marvel at how a community and world can come together to put on an unforgettable meal between a granddaughter and her Nanni.

Praise for Whole World Inside Nan's Soup

Tony Abbott, author of Secrets of Droon

Yvonne Cuneo, Findhorn Foundation Ambassador

“The Whole World Inside Nan’s Soup is a unique and touching celebration of our interconnectedness, introducing the reader (and little listener) page by page to the vast army of people and activities behind the making of a simple pot of soup. Hunter Liguore’s beautifully rhythmic prose and Vikki Zhang’s luscious illustrations take us on a true worldwide journey, ending in the most irresistible message of all. Nan’s Soup is destined to be a constant read-aloud ask, as well as an obvious kitchen favorite. This lovely book has it all!”

“Reading The Whole World inside Nan’s Soup and feasting on the exquisite illustrations of Vikki Zhang gives me the warmth of heart of a rich, wholesome soup. Hunter Liguore lovingly brings to children an awareness of the true nature of existence—the interbeingness of life—in the simplest of ways, clearly highlighting the expansive truth that everything relies on everything else in the cosmos in order to exist.

“Cultivating this understanding in children is an act of service and crucial for the survival of future generations. Adults would do well to read this book to their children, be reminded that no one exists independently, and act in a way that supports the web of life on our planet. As the Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh says, ‘we inter-are,’ and Hunter has captured the essence of this truth—that we are all part of a symbiotic whole—in the simplest and most nourishing of ways.”

Helen Wang, Chinese Books for Young Readers

"A beautiful intergenerational story to warm the heart and soothe the soul." 

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