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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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In this book, three soldiers enter a town hoping for food and a place to stay. However, the townspeople are wary, so the soldiers cunningly decide to make stone soup. They boil three stones in a large pot of water and suggest that carrots, then cabbage, would make it better. As the soldiers continue to suggest ingredients, various villagers step forward and provide resulting in a huge pot a soup with ingredients contributed by different villagers. The whole town ends up coming together for a large celebration and feast, and they decide to offer the wise soldiers a place to stay for the night.

This story could be used to help students practice predicting (such as what they think the soldiers will do when they first enter town, or what the townspeople will do when the soldiers ask for the different ingredients). Students could also use this text to make connections to their own lives. For instance, they can discuss the power of people all pitching in to help and creating something better than each could provide individually. Older students might also practice asking questions and infer what the townspeople were thinking--did they really think that soup could be made out of stones? Did they realize what the soldiers were doing at some point in the story?
  sso14 | Jul 22, 2016 |
This is indeed one of the better versions of the tale. It is unusual in that it is long, and in that it is three soldiers teaching an entire town a lesson in cooperation.

I do have to admit that I'm surprised the villagers did not catch on to the trick - and if a child asks you why they were stupid, maybe you want to 'spin' the answer. Maybe you could answer that, on a subconscious level, they didn't want to admit that they were duped, because part of each of them realized that there would, in the end, be a win-win situation for everyone.

I too found the illustrations charming and apt, and will look for more by Marcia Brown.

If you're a teacher and have not used this motif for a class play, I strongly recommend you do so. Kids love the concept, it's easy to act out, and if lines are forgotten they can be ad-libbed. And of course the themes make for great discussions. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Three hungry traveling soldiers pass through a village where they tick the townspeople in to providing them with food. This story, derived from an old French tale, suggests the value of generosity and hospitality and the joys it brings. A lighthearted read such as this belongs with other fairy tales and folktales.
  kquisling | Jun 1, 2016 |
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown is a story about three hungry soldiers that are spotted near a village. The village citizens are frightened of the soldiers, so they hid all their extra food. The soldiers weren't bothered by the lack of food, they decided to make stone soup. The citizens noticed the generosity of the soldiers, so decided to help make the soup. There was plenty for everyone and they all lived happily ever after. I liked this book because it was about using what you have. It also showed how sharing and kindness brings people together. I would recommend this book to all 3rd and 4th graders. ( )
  AidenC4 | May 22, 2016 |
I had mixed feelings about this book. Overall, I liked the plot of this story very much. I enjoyed how the author chose to use repetitive phrases, such as "no use asking for what you don't have," in order to advance the plot. In addition, the personalities of the three soldiers were entertaining and clever.
However, I really disliked the illustrations in this book. The illustrator used black and white ink and colored in certain parts of the pictures with bright orange paint. I felt that the "modern" style of the illustrations didn't match the narrative style. Overall, I felt that the disconnect between the pictures and the text were disappointing.
The big picture of this work was that people should remember that good deeds come full circle. ( )
  ElanaRubinstein | Apr 11, 2016 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689711034, Paperback)

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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