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Fox Tale Soup Hardcover – January 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689849001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689849008
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,950,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Scottish author Bonning and Hobson (Three Bugs Full) don't change the recipe for the folktale "Stone Soup," but they do serve up a satisfying retelling. Down a dust-brown country road comes a brick-red fox, toting a blue backpack. He stops next to a wall of smooth, round stones, and calls to some farm animals, "Can you spare a little food for a hungry traveler?" When they refuse, the fox empties his backpack which contains only an iron-gray pot and "Sheep, who was slightly kinder than the others," gets some water. As the curious animals watch, Fox selects a rock for his soup, then graciously requests a pinch of this and that. As Bonning succinctly describes the sequence, Hobson focuses on each animal's role. Donkey brings a carrot by the greens, and Goat leans forward so that Fox may lift a cabbage off his horn; in the end, all the animals crowd in a semicircle around the bubbling soup, which Fox shares. The illustrator models curved, dense shapes on an opaque field of leafy green, and her full-bleed spreads harmonize with the calm, concise writing. Fox exchanges a smile with his cooperative friends as he takes his leave, confirming the peaceful sense of balance in this time-tested trickster story. Ages 4-8.

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From School Library Journal

reSchool-Grade 1--In this delightful retelling of "Stone Soup," a weary fox stops by a farm with the hope of getting some spare food. The stingy animals decide that they won't share with him, so he resorts to his wily ways to get some sustenance. Asking for a "drop of water to make some soup," the fox pulls a pot from his backpack, lights a fire, and drops a stone into the pot. As in the original, he declares that the soup is just "not quite right," wondering whether some salt and pepper, turnip, carrot, cabbage, and corn would enhance its flavor. With predictable results, the animals gather the necessary ingredients and enjoy a steaming bowl together. The illustrations add to the flavor of this story, as Hobson garnishes the pages with vivid green and blue backgrounds upon which a cartoon-looking sheep, cow, goat, donkey, and hens romp. While the original version of the story is as charming as ever, Fox Tale Soup is still an attractive addition.
Lisa Gangemi Krapp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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By Tricia Nilmeier on March 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm a preschool teacher...the children love to participate, they take their spoons,pot,etc out of their backpacks(pretend), then we stir it, and stir it, and stir it and taste it...not ready yet..they have so much fun!(do this with every ingredient until the end)
We incorporated it in a cooking activity. We cut carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, squash and Cosco's meatballs...we made Fox Tale SOup..the children loved the story and looked forward to making Fox Tale Soup..we even got the parents involved. The book provided the idea and then we had fun with it and it was the most asked for book at reading time. We tasted Cabbage and turnips and carrots and also added that to the soup too. If you are looking for a book that provides great activities,this is it. Get your voice to change for each animal when reading it and you have their attention....I give it Five stars!!!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I read Fox Tale Soup. I thought it was a very good book because it is about animals and if some people like animals that live on a farm then I think they should get this book! I think kids that are 4-8 would enjoy this book. This book is about a fox that asked some animals for food and all the animals that he asked said no you may not have any food from us? And then he asked may I have a drop of water to make some soup? Then the sheep that was kinder then the others brought some water for him then fox lit a fire and took a pot out of his backpack and poured the water on! I recommend this book because it is really good and has a lot of animals from a farm. And it is really cute I would read it anytime!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I thought this was a very good book. It has very good pictures and is easy to understand. Fox is walking one day and comes to a farm where there are animals resting. He asks them if he could have some food to eat and they all say no. Fox asks for water and puts a stone in it and every one adds something to it, after they said they had nothing. This is a good book and will teach your kids to share.
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