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Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup Hardcover – September 8, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; Rei/Com edition (September 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399240179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399240171
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–While versions of the story abound, most notably Marcia Brown's 1947 Caldecott winner (S & S), this lovely picture book is a truly worthy addition to most collections. The familiar plot plays out with only one soldier this time and it is the children of the town who are willing to help him. As the youngsters become more involved in the making of the soup, the soldier transforms page by page from a spear-carrying warrior to a man who looks very much like everyone else in town. The addition of a song will make interactive reading a pleasure as everyone can join in the catchy refrain, Stone Soup is what you need/When you have some friends to feed each time a character adds a little something to the pot. Hays's acrylic illustrations create a village that appears quite worn down, and the details are particularly effective. The artist's palette of muted greens and blues gradually takes on more color and life as the story–and soup–progresses. A note from the authors explains that this version of the story is set in 17th-century Germany.–Laura Eckley, Bronxville Public Library, NY
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From Booklist

K-Gr. 2. This earnest rendition of the classic tale is framed as a story-song and packaged with a CD (not reviewed). Hays uses details of costume and architecture to create a seventeenth-century European setting for the familiar story about charity: after adults respond with hostility to a weary soldier's plea for food, the man persuades the town's children to help him assemble ingredients for a big pot of soup--which eventually yields plenty for all to share. The chorus ("Stone Soup is what you need / when you have some friends to feed"), with musical notation, is tucked into the text to encourage listeners to sing along. The most receptive audience for this will probably be children who know the tale but haven't considered its import--which Seeger makes even clearer in an afterword. Otherwise, stick with Marcia Brown's Caldecott Honor Book, Stone Soup (1948), or Heather Forest and Susan Gaber's lilting rendition (1998). John Peters
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By Jill Carlson on April 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully illustrated version of Stone Soup. It has the same type of lush artwork and vibrant depictions of people that are in "Abiyoyo", a book by the same author and illustrator. This Stone Soup story is not as detailed as some other versions and so is suitable for a younger audience (K, preK).

In my sped class of 1st and 2nd grade level readers, we read and compared the Margaret Brown and Jon Muth versions. This Pete Seegar version was not as useful for this task, but my students enjoyed the book. There is not as much emphasis on the moral lessons (sharing, honesty, working together)and there is less emphasis on the details - the party at the end, where the food was hidden, best beds, etc.
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By Dickinson Memorial Library on December 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a lovely, preschool friendly version of the fable. The CD with Pete Seeger's voice reading and singing was requested daily by my preschoolers.
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Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful book to teach small children about sharing! Used it in my class at church and then made "stone soup". Woncerful!
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