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BOOKS ABOUT "STONE SOUP"

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The Real Story of Stone Soup by Ying Chang Compestine. (2007 - Ages 4-8)
A stingy fisherman always makes his three young helpers do all his work. One day he scolds the “lazy boys” for forgetting to provide lunch. “Don’t worry,” they say. “We can make stone soup.” The boys dig a hole and fill it with water and “flavored” stones. They trick the fisherman into making bowls and chopsticks, and fetching salt and sesame oil. While he’s busy, they stir in bird eggs, add wild vegetables, and slip fish into the soup. By the time the old man returns, they have a feast fit for a king. To this day, “Egg Drop Stone Soup” is a traditional dish in southeast China. A recipe is included.


Bone Button Borscht by Aubrey Davis. (Includes Stone Soup.) Instead of the stones, the stranger drops in bone buttons and continues.

Desperate Households: A Stone Soup Collection (Stone Soup) by Jan Eliot. (2007)
Distributed to more than 150 newspapers in six countries with over eight million loyal fans, Stone Soup is a funny, irreverent, sympathetic comic strip that mirrors today's complicated family life . . . while cheering us on. Jan Eliot's Stone Soup follows the riotous and exhausting life of working mom Val, her daughters Holly and Alix, and her often too-close-for-comfort extended blended family . . . conveniently living right next door.

Guide for Using Stone Soup in the Classroom, A by Susan Onion. (2004)
This resource is directly related to its literature equivalent and filled with a variety of cross-curricular lessons to do before, during, and after reading the book. This reproducible book includes sample plans, author information, vocabulary building ideas, and cross-curriculum activities.

Real Story of Stone Soup (The) by Ying Chang Compestine. (2007 - Ages 4-8)
A stingy fisherman always makes his three young helpers do all his work. One day he scolds the “lazy boys” for forgetting to provide lunch. “Don’t worry,” they say. “We can make stone soup.” The boys dig a hole and fill it with water and “flavored” stones. They trick the fisherman into making bowls and chopsticks, and fetching salt and sesame oil. While he’s busy, they stir in bird eggs, add wild vegetables, and slip fish into the soup. By the time the old man returns, they have a feast fit for a king. To this day, “Egg Drop Stone Soup” is a traditional dish in southeast China. A recipe is included.

Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup by Pete Seeger and Paul Dubois Jacobs with Michael Hays (illus). (2005 - Ages 4-8)
PreSchool-Grade 2–While versions of the story abound, most notably Marcia Brown's 1947 Caldecott winner (S & S), this lovely picture book is a truly worthy addition to most collections. The familiar plot plays out with only one soldier this time and it is the children of the town who are willing to help him. As the youngsters become more involved in the making of the soup, the soldier transforms page by page from a spear-carrying warrior to a man who looks very much like everyone else in town. The addition of a song will make interactive reading a pleasure as everyone can join in the catchy refrain, Stone Soup is what you need/When you have some friends to feed each time a character adds a little something to the pot. Hays's acrylic illustrations create a village that appears quite worn down, and the details are particularly effective. The artist's palette of muted greens and blues gradually takes on more color and life as the story–and soup–progresses. A note from the authors explains that this version of the story is set in 17th-century Germany.

Sopa De Piedras / Stone Soup by Marcia Brown. (Spanish - 1991 - Ages 4-8)
When three hungry soldiers come to a town where all the food has been hidden, they set out to make soup of water and stones, and all the town enjoys a feast.

Spectacular Stone Soup (New Kids of Polk Street School) by Patricia Reilly Giff. (1988 - Ages 4-8)
"You never help people," Jiwon says. Her friend is right. Stacy can't remember the last time she'd helped anyone! Now Mrs. Zachary wants her class to be people-helpers and prepare a Spectacular Stone Soup together. Stacy works hard to be helpful, but no one seems to notice. Can quick thinking and a bunch of onions turn her into a spectacular people-helper?

Stone Soup by Heather Forest. (1998 - Ages 4-8)
Two hungry travelers arrive at a village expecting to find a household that will share a bit of food, as has been the custom along their journey. To their surprise, villager after villager refuses to share, each one closing the door with a bang. As they sit to rest beside a well, one of the travelers observes that if the townspeople have no food to share, they must be in greater need than we are.

Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth (illustrator). (2003 - Baby-Preschool)
Three strangers, hungry and tired, pass through a war-torn village. Embittered and suspicious from the war, the people hide their food and close their windows tight. That is, until the clever strangers suggest making a soup from stones. Intrigued by the idea, everyone brings what they have until-- together, they have made a feast fit for a king! In this inspiring story about the strength people possess when they work together, Muth takes a simple, beloved tale and adds his own fresh twist.

Stone Soup (Flip-Up Fairy Tales) (Flip-Up Fairy Tales) by Jess Stockham. (2007 - Ages 4-8)
Review by a reader
This flip-book is fun for our 4yr old and 2yr old to read. I recommend this book plus the others in the series!

Stone Soup for the World: Life-Changing Stories of Everyday Heroes by Marianne Larned. (2002)
The founding director of the Stone Soup Leadership Institute, Larned describes this book as "a collection of one hundred stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things." The stories are told by individuals who are either well known themselves (Jimmy Carter, Steven Spielberg, Nelson Mandela) or are affiliated with organizations devoted to improving the world by bettering people's lives. They describe generally unsung heroes who influenced the tellers by making extremely positive contributions to society, usually with little if any public recognition. In addition to providing uplifting reading, the book offers realistic ways for readers to join volunteer efforts by listing appropriate organizations and their address and web site at the end of each piece. There should be something here to motivate even the most diehard couch potato to take part in improving our world by becoming involved with a worthwhile group, even if only by mouse-clicking and making a monetary donation. Recommended for all public libraries.

Stone Soup (Puffin Pied Piper) by Tony Ross. (1992 - Ages 4-8)
As he has done with other folktales, Ross here offers his own wacky interpretation of the popular fable. In the conventional version, a stranger comes to town and persuades the locals to add various vegetables to a soup he is making, using only boiling water and a stone. In Ross's version, a clever hen persuades a Big, Bad Wolf to put off eating her until she has made him some stone soup. While she adds vegetables, the hen gets the wolf to do her household chores. He enjoys the soup so much that he forgets to eat the hen; he just makes off with the stone. Though this retelling lacks the clever moral of the usual version, Ross's marvelous illustrations make his version distinctive.

Stone Soup (Stories to Go!) by Marcia Brown. (2005 - Ages 4-8)
Three soldiers came marching down the road towards a French village. The peasants seeing them coming, suddenly became very busy, for soldiers are often hungry. So all the food was hidden under mattresses or in barns. There followed a battle of wits, with the soldiers equal to the occasion. Stone soup? Why, of course, they could make a wonderful soup of stones...but, of course, one must add a carrot or tow...some meat...so it went.

Stories for the Journey: A Sourcebook for Christian Storytellers by William R. White. (Includes "Stone Soup.")

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ONLINE LINKS TO STORIES/INFORMATION ABOUT "STONE SOUP"

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Short descriptions included for your convenience and to save you research time.


• Stone Soup story - full text
http://stonesoup.esd.ornl.gov/stonesoup.html

• Stone Soup story - full text
http://www.exeterchessclub.org.uk/StoneSoup.html

• Stone Soup story - full text
http://www.inspirationalstories.com/5/555.html

• Stone Soup: Folktales of Type 1548
http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type1548.html#stonesoup

• Stone Soup - The Folktale (illustrated)
http://www.stonesoup.info/folktale.html

• Stone Soup - Friends of all abilities
http://www.stonesoupnews.com/story.cfm

• Stone Soup - Ordinary People Change the World
http://www.ordinarypeoplechangetheworld.com/articles/stone-soup.aspx

• Cooking with Kids: Stone Soup
http://tinyurl.com/5nykx4

• Stone Soup - Activated Storytellers
http://activated.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=363972

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