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Stone Soup by Jon J Muth
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Stone Soup (edition 2003)

by Jon J Muth (Author), Jon J. Muth (Illustrator)

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Three wise monks trick a poor, frightened community into finding happiness by teaching them the magic of generosity.
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Title:Stone Soup
Authors:Jon J Muth (Author)
Other authors:Jon J. Muth (Illustrator)
Info:Scholastic Press (2003), Edition: 1st, 32 pages
Collections:Folktale, Picture Books, Traditional Fantasy, K-2nd Grade
Rating:*****
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Stone Soup [retold and illustrated by Jon J Muth] by Jon J. Muth (Adapter & Illustrator)

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"Stone Soup" is a traditional tale with many different versions. Author John J. Muth chose China for the setting in this rendition. Muth’s soft, pastel artwork contributes to the serene mood of the three monks, our main characters. As the three descend upon a village, they notice what all the villagers lack. Using wit, they pull out neighbors one by one until, “something magical began to happen among the villagers.” This tale offers lessons in kindness, happiness, and community. ( )
  ehanne4 | Apr 4, 2020 |
Happiness does not come from being isolated and alone from the world. It comes from coming together with your community, loved ones, and just other human beings in general, where everyone's small contribution brings an abundance of love and laughter. Happiness comes from sharing your experiences with others, and this classic tale encompasses just that. The watercolor illustrations of this book are beautiful, and everything about the book is pleasant and reassuring. ( )
  jahn4 | Mar 26, 2020 |
"Three wise monks trick a frightened community into finding happiness by teaching them the magic of generosity." ( )
  raizel | Mar 17, 2020 |
This is a classic story that everyone should read in their lifetime. I like this specific book because it adapts the traditional European story to an Asian setting for others to relate to. The foods mentions include soy sauce, mung bean and noodles. A child reading this with Asian culture may be able to identify to these foods more than those mentioned in the original stone soup story. Besides the different cultural adaptation, the story's moral stays untouched. You should share this story with others to enrich a sense of community! ( )
  knguye31 | Mar 12, 2020 |
I liked this reimagined telling of the classic European folk tale. It is set in China in this retelling and uses symbols from Eastern culture such as the color yellow. Yellow was worn only by royalty many years ago, and having the little girl dressed in yellow shows her importance and courage. I also liked how the characters were tricksters, but were aiming to bring a community together through their trickery. By making stone soup, the villagers were curious to see how it was made, once they were curious the monks suggested it would be better with other ingredients, one by one villagers brought the ingredients. By the time the villagers all contributed to the soup, they had made a hearty and healthy meal for the whole village. This taught the villagers that working together toward a common goal is better for everyone involved, and more fun. ( )
  sgentr1 | Oct 16, 2019 |
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Three monks, Hok, Lok and Siew, traveled along a mountain road.
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"What makes one happy, Siew?" asked Hok, the youngest monk.
Old Siew, who was the wisest, said, "Let's find out."
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A Chinese re-telling of a traditional European folktale, with distinct Chinese/Buddhist elements. I especially liked the author's note at the end telling about some of the Chinese/Buddhist elements in the story, including some hidden pictures in the artwork. The story is lovely, but the backstory to the book made it even better for me, as both a reader and an educator. I would enjoy adding this book to a classroom theme on folktales or on the culture of China.
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