The Whole World Inside Nan's Soup

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Written by Hunter Liguore, illustrated by Vikki Zhang.

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.

• Winner of Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers
• Every Child a Reader Honor Book

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.

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  • Format: Jacketed Hardcover
  • Pages: 32
  • Size: 10.6 X 10.6
  • Price: $14.99
  • Age Range: 4-7 years
  • Publication Date: 08/24/2021
  • ISBN: 9781953458063


“Melding the sensibilities of art nouveau with Asian nature paintings, Zhang illustrates a detailed, whimsical watercolor world with much to pore over. Contemporary themes of radical transparency and appreciating interconnectedness will ring true for a modern audience.” –Publishers Weekly

“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!” –Tony Abbott, author of Secrets of Droon

“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.” —Yvonne Cuneo, Findhorn Foundation Ambassador

“This was such a joy to read! I felt deeply connected to the characters, easily reminded of times as a little girl in my Nana’s kitchen. I shared Nan’s Soup with my 8 and 6-year-old, opened the door to so many new conversations about the vegetables we grow in our own garden and where vegetables in the grocery come from, a conversation I was shocked to realize we’d never had before. And we talked about things my mom and Nana taught me to cook. Each night at dinner, we’ve made an attempt to acknowledge everyone who contributed to our table. I love the way it helps us remain mindful of our connections to others, especially the people we can’t see before us. —Julie Patterson, Mom and Former Pre-K-Grade 12 Writing Teacher

What to Expect:

  • TENDER GRANDMOTHER AND GRANCHILD RELATIONSHIP: This loving tale showcases the poignant connection between Nanni and her granddaughter.
  • A CELEBRATION OF THE COMMUNITY INVOLVED: From farmhand to delivery drivers to market merchants, readers can see all the essential hands it takes to bring a meal together to this family.
  • ENGAGES THE SENSES FOR FOOD LOVERS: Vivid details will ignite the senses, and the space to pause and discover the world around will inspire kids’ love for food.
  • STUNNING, GORGEOUS ILLUSTRATIONS: From internationally acclaimed illustrator Vikki Zhang, the art is full of intricate details for readers to pour over.
  • WHAT’S IN A MEAL? The tradition of preparing a meal is so much more than just the food in the bowl—it’s the time spent together, the knowledge passed down, and the honoring of family and community.

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Author Bio

Hunter Liguore is a gentle advocate for living in harmony with the natural world and with one another. An award-winning author, professor, and historian, when you support her work, you’re partaking in an equal exchange that supports compassion and peace in the world. When not making soup, she is often roaming old ruins, hillsides, and cemeteries. For more, visit:

Vikki Zhang is an illustrator and fashion designer of over 50 books and numerous films, toys, fashion, and advertising. She is the winner of The 63rd Society of illustrators NYC (book category), and The 16th CACC Best Illustration. She held her solo exhibitions in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou. To learn more, visit

Weight 1.2 lbs
Dimensions 10.6 × 10.6 × 0.4 in
Age Range