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Stone Soup (Aladdin Picture Books) Paperback – August 1, 1997
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Three soldiers make their way home from an unnamed war in an unnamed country. Passing a village, the men ask the townspeople for some food and warm beds. Unsurprisingly, the peasants (who, one presumes, have been violently scared into this state of distrust through years of misuse at the hands of soldiers such as these) feign a lack of food or room for the men. Thinking on their feet, the soldiers proclaim that there is nothing for it then but to make stone soup. The astonished town watches and aids the men in their task, providing them with a huge soup cauldron, water, and whatever ingredients the soldiers casually mention. By the end of the evening everyone sits down to a hearty meal and after a good night of carousing the men are given the best beds in town. "And fancy, made from stones!"
The soldiers in this tale are jovial fellows, just as comfortable fooling foolish peasants into acts of selflessness as they are dancing with pretty maids and drinking. That so much joy can come simply from sharing with your fellow man is a moral insinuated from the tale, rather than explicitly spelled out to the reader. Brown's accompanying illustrations encompass roughly four colors; red, black, white, and grey.Read more ›
WHAT a change. THESE are the classic illustrations most of us grew up with. THESE are the soldiers and the peasants we read about. THIS is the story I'm keeping for my nieces. The telling isn't too clever, or too silly, or too watered-down, or too grown-up. The illustrations are neither too slick or too consciously old-fashioned. (Sheesh, I feel like I'm reviewing Goldilocks here!) I love it, love it, love it!
Please remember that this is a bit of a lengthy book for the smaller kids.
I'm continually surprised--but pleased--that modern kids still enjoy these older illustrations by Marcia Brown, with their limited colors (see cover). This tale is a true classic, and this version has been around for many generations. It's part of the folk tradition in more ways than one. Let's hope we keep "sharing" this tale about sharing for generations to come!
Watch the hungry soldiers use their cunning and imagination to make a meal out of nothing. They entice the local towns people to share their food in the making of stone soup.
Concepts include: sharing, imagination, the will to make things happen, etc.
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A classic story and my kindergartener's new favorite book! I never forgot this one from my own childhood; I'm so pleased to share it with my own kids.Published 28 days ago by TB
This was one of several books that I bought for my Granddaughter's AP English class to donate as Christmas gifts. Excellent condition, reasonable pricePublished 1 month ago by Cheryl Ernst
This is the classic story of the soldiers "tricking" the townspeople into sharing their food. A wonderful story for students to practice inference. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
One of my favorite books as a child. I bought all my childhood favorites. Just to remember. :)Published 2 months ago by immichou
the book was in the condition that was described. I am happy.Published 2 months ago by relaxed reader
Actually a superb "character building" and leadership lesson, right up there with "what I learned in kindergarten" genre. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Randy Keene
A classic story, a family favorite. My 3 and 6 year old love it. We've given it as a gift several times and it is always greatly enjoyed.Published 2 months ago by Samantha CW
Fantastic!! Great for kids!! Helps them learn to give and help others!!Published 3 months ago by Joseph