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Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

Stone Soup (original 1947; edition 1947)

by Marcia Brown, Marcia Brown (Illustrator)

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Title:Stone Soup
Authors:Marcia Brown
Other authors:Marcia Brown (Illustrator)
Info:Charles Scribner's Sons (1947), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 48 pages
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Stone Soup by Marcia Brown (1947)



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This is a tale of 3 wary soldiers who come across a town where all the food has been hidden away. No one will share. The 3 soldiers begin to make soup out of rocks and water. As they draw the townspeople in with their curiosity to see how one makes soup with water and stones, they bring together a community. Finally the whole town is sharing in a feast. ( )
  JenHopkins | Nov 24, 2015 |
Stone Soup is the story of 3 soldiers who go to a French Village in search of food and a place to rest for the night. The villagers all say that they can't help so the soldiers say they will make stone soup and get the villagers to assist them in making the soup. ( )
  CathrynAnna | Nov 9, 2015 |
Even though the village people said they had nothing to offer and turned the soldiers away, they would not give up. They got the whole village to help make "stone soup". The three stones that they used for the base of the soup was just a rouse to get the villagers to admit they had food and bring everyone together. The soldiers were thanked and rewarded for their efforts and given the best beds on the village to sleep in. The next morning, the villagers thanked them to teaching them how to make stone soup. They will never go hungry again. ( )
  hspanier | Oct 18, 2015 |
While this is not my favorite story, I will say it deserves it's just desserts and is a good story that I liked. The illustrations, while the same couple of colors, fit the story and add character to the story, while the language is patterned and allows the writing to be engaging. The illustrations were interesting as they all with red, black and grey. This enhanced the story as the red drew the reader to the clothes of the peasants and how their clothes looked. This added character to the story and it allowed for the reader to better understand the story. The drawings also fit the story as they were just as descriptive as the story. An example of this is that every vegetable or food item that was written about was brought out and shown in the image; when the French solders asked for carrots, the image shows an image of a women bringing out the carrots. The language is patterned, at least for part of the book, as the French solders ask for many different things to put into their soup and the peasants bring it out to them, to make the stone soup. This also leads to the writing being engaging as there is always something going on and allows the book to be a page turner as you are always wondering what will happen next. An example of this is when the solders are being sarcastic and wishing out loud about the stuff that they wish they had to make their soup better. The story is a page turner, as you are never quite sure if the peasants will continue to fall for what the solders are doing. The moral of this story is to always share and be open to strangers as they can be quite helpful. ( )
1 vote taylorsmith11 | Sep 30, 2015 |
Stone Soup is a traditional story about three soldiers who are hungry. The villagers hide all the food and tell the soldiers they have no food, and nowhere for the soldier's to sleep. The soldiers decide to twist fate, and offer to help the starving villagers make soup out of stones. Little by little, they convince the villagers that the soup only needs one more item to be delicious. The soup turns into a feast, and the soldiers are welcomed in as heroes for providing such a delicious meal out of just stones.
The story is a personal favorite. Just one more item is sure to make every soup taste delicious. I've been reading this book for 30 years, in different variations, and it never fails to please.
In a classroom setting, I would read the book, and then create stone soup. Incorporating Great Expectation practices is easy with this story, as students work together to create something amazing. For ELA, a writing exercise on the soup we created as a school family would be easy for students to complete!
  mt911914 | Aug 28, 2015 |
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Three soldiers trudged down a road in a strange country.
"Such a soup! How good it smelled! Truly fit for a king. But then the peasants asked themselves, 'Would not such a soup require bread-and a roast-and cider?"
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First published in 1947, this picture book classic has remained one of Marcia Brown's most popular and enduring books. This story, about three hungry soldiers who outwit the greedy inhabitants of a village into providing them with a feast, is based on an old French tale.

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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.

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