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Stone Soup by Ann Mcgovern

Stone Soup (edition 1986)

by Ann Mcgovern, Winslow Pinney Pels (Illustrator)

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Title:Stone Soup
Authors:Ann Mcgovern
Other authors:Winslow Pinney Pels (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic Inc. (1986), Paperback, 32 pages
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A fairly straightforward retelling.  Maybe a little long because there's a verse & chorus thing going on.  But the young man is not a soldier, and there are no neighbors.  The best thing about this edition are the creative illustrations by Winslow Pinney Pels.  I will look for more by her. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
I thought that this was a very cute book. This story is about a man who had been traveling for a long time, and stopped at an elderly lady's house in search for some food. He assumed that she would have a lot of food, but she had very little. This demonstrates that people should not be so quick to assume things. The boy ends up asking for a stone saying that he can make soup from it. He tricks the old lady into adding edible ingredients, which eventually forms a soup. The two eventually become friends and share the soup together. The old lady is surprised at how a soup could have been made from such simple ingredients. The cleverness of the boy is something that young readers may find humorous. I also enjoyed the repetition of the "fancy that!" from the old woman, which is something that young children could catch on to. Overall, I think this book is a great example of teaching how something big can be made from something small. ( )
  alexavecchio | Dec 1, 2015 |
24 months - This was on our to read list and then I found it at Goodwill for 50 cents, I'd say it was a good deal. Entertaining story, seems there are other similar versions (Rabbit Stew) for example. Not sure that I should like and want to read a story about tricking an old woman but I do. :) ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
In my opinion, this is a classic book. I have read this book as a child and it is still popular today. The writing is easy to understand. There is a lot of repetition in the book which is beneficial to beginning readers. For example, the good lady kept saying "Soup from a stone. Fancy that." There is also repetition when listing all the different ingredients added to the stone soup. The plot is interesting. Any person would wonder how can soup be made from a stone. In the end, the hungry man gets the good lady to go to the garden and retrieve all these ingredients to make the soup. The beginning entices the reader to see how the hungry man makes soup out of a stone. Lastly, the illustrations in the story are fun to look at. They are very memorable. If a student is struggling with a word, the illustrations help represent what next ingredient is being added. The word beef bone might be hard for a student to understand, the illustration shows that she is looking for bones in her dog's house in the garden. The main idea of this story is to help others if you can. In the beginning of the story, the good lady says she cannot help the hungry man, but when she hears he can make soup out of a stone, in the end, she makes soup for him. Giving what you can is this story is supposed to let children know. ( )
  ndange1 | Apr 15, 2015 |
This book talks about a village that didn't want to share the food that they had with the soldiers. So the soldiers show them how to share by making stone soup.
  CindiH | Mar 11, 2015 |
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This is a classic story. "Stone Soup" is a great sharing story and great for storytelling and being interactive.
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Ann McGovernprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Langner, NolaIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A clever young man tricks an old woman into believing that soup can be made from a stone. As the pot of water boils with the stone in it, he urges her to add more and more ingredients until the soup is a feast "fit for a king." In print for 30 years.

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When a little old lady claims she has no food to give him, a hungry young man proceeds to show her how to make soup with a stone and water. "Retold for beginning readers."

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