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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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Stone Soup by Ann McGovern




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This is a tale with a questionable moral, as one main character tricks the other after she refuses him charity, but the main point is to make children think outside the box about how something could come about and about what words really mean when put together. The pictures make for a nice blend of realism and whimsy. ( )
  quaintlittlehead | Nov 22, 2014 |
A story of three monks Hok, Lok, Siew who travel to a village that had been through hard times of famine, flood and war. This made the villagers very untrusting of strangers, and even their own neighbors. When the three entered the village, the village people went in to their homes and shut their doors and windows. The men knew what they had to do. They had to make stone soup. They were gathering twigs when a little girl asked them what they were doing and then helped them to gather three smooth stones. Then she ran home to get her mother’s big pot, which made her curious mother come out to see, as more people came more people helped, and the villagers actually filled the pot with their own food without even realizing it. They ate and talked and laughed. The monks showed them how to be happy again.
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Another story that I love! This is a great story that teaches a great lesson. Kids get into disputes with one another and this would be a great book to read during one of those times.
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1. Learn the stone soup song.
2. Art project with vegetables and have the students create their own soup.
  mnahardiman | Oct 26, 2014 |
A visitor came to a town asking for food. Everyone said no, so he made stone soup in the middle of the town. Everyone watched from a distance as he spoke loudly about what he was making and what vegetables would taste good in it. The towns people started bringing the items out to him. When he was finished he shared it with everyone. They all enjoyed it so much they decided to share with everyone that came to town.

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The book as small and suitable for young children. I love the bright colorful pages that shows colonial times in a brighter way, rather than dark and scary.

Classroom Extensions:
1. This book can be read when teaching about sharing and talk about the rights and wrongs in the book.
2. The class can cook a soup and can discuss how to eat healthy.
  CRHamm | Sep 9, 2014 |
a town comes together to make enough food for everyone. k-2 grade
  alisha.ann93 | Dec 10, 2013 |
Stone soup is a tradition European folk tale and about three monks that enter a village plagued with war, famine, floods and hatred. The villagers do not trust one another and they do not speak to each other. The monks enter the village with a goal to find out what makes people happy. The began to make stone soup in the middle of the village and the first person to talk to them and offer help is a small girl who offers her families huge to make more stone soup. A lot more of the villagers noticed what was going on and started to offer there things to the stone soup. Eventually the entire village was there for a feast and everyone was once again friendly with each other. The little girl reminds me of myself, I was a very curious child but I do not think I would have walked up to strangers to talk to them. I feel like the main idea of this story is to show readers that sharing is the best way to get to know each other. It states in the text from a villager "You have shown us that sharing makes us all richer" and this is so very true when all the villagers came together to contribute what they had to the soup they had so much soup to feast on. Eating together made everyone friends, it change the entire vibe of the village all because three monks wanted to make stone soup. Which I also feel is the big idea of the story is that it does not take a lot or a bunch of people to make a big change. ( )
  Kbenis1 | Dec 7, 2013 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ann McGovernprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Langner, NolaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pels, Winslow PinneyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0590416022, Paperback)

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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