- Age Range: 6 - 8 years
- Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
- Lexile Measure: AD580L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Two Lions; Reprint edition (April 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761458328
- ISBN-13: 978-0761458326
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 87 customer reviews
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Kimmel (The Runaway Tortilla) sets his version of Stone Soup during the Mexican Revolution, inspiring some marvelously atmospheric watercolors by Huling (Puss in Cowboy Boots). Hungry soldiers encounter the poverty-feigning townsfolk of San Miguel and announce that they will make enough cactus soup for the troops and the village. And they make it from an unlikely ingredient a single cactus thorn. By story s end, the soldiers leader has used reverse psychology to coax genuinely tasty foodstuffs out of the villagers ( Too bad you don t have onions. Cactus soup always tastes better with onions. But why ask for what you don t have? ), and teaches everyone a delicious and festive lesson about sharing and community. Kimmel, ever the master storyteller, incorporates especially vivid cadences in the words of the wily, world-weary captain; but it s Huling who makes the story sing. His comically exaggerated characters garner laughs without shedding their humanity, while his swooping, elongated lines and radiant colors recall the sun-drenched earthiness and high spirits of early 20th -century Mexican art.
Ages 4-8. (Sept.) --Publishers Weekly November 8, 2004
About the Author
Author Eric A. Kimmel is well-known for the tales he has retold from around the world. Some of his best-known titles are Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (a Caldecott Honor Book), Gershon’s Monster, Anansi and the Talking Melon, and The Runaway Tortilla. A former professor of children’s literature, he lives in Portland, Oregon.
Phil Huling has also illustrated Puss in Cowboy Boots, by his wife, Jan. The Hulings live in Hoboken, New Jersey.
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