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Nail Soup Paperback – May 26, 2009

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Continues the series of such tales wittily and attractively written and illustrated by Eric Maddern and Paul Hess. School Librarian

About the Author

Eric Maddern studied sociology and psychology at Sheffield University, then spent 10 years travelling around the world. He now performs all over the country as a storyteller and folk singer, and he has built a roundhouse in the grounds of his home, where he holds storytelling events. He lives in Gwnyedd, Wales. Eric's books for Frances Lincoln are Death in a Nut, Nail Soup, Cow on the Roof, Earth Story and Life Story, Fire Children, The King with Horse's Ears, Spirit of the Forest, Rainbow Bird, The King and the Seed and Curious Clownfish. To visit Eric Maddern's website click here Paul Hess was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1961. He went to art college in Sydney and then worked as a graphic designer and Art Director for various companies both in Sydney and London from 1981 to 1991. He has worked as a freelance art director and illustrator since then. His books for Frances Lincoln are Death in a Nut, Nail Soup, Cow on the Roof, Dragon of Krakow, Hidden Tales from Eastern Europe, The King with Horse's Ears and The King and the Seed. He lives in Northumberland.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books; First Trade Paper Edition edition (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847800297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847800299
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 10.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,650,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on November 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
I first heard this tale told when I was a small child. It was not read from a book, but rather from memory from the adults in my life; family, teachers and friends. Each telling of this old story was a bit different, depending upon who was doing the telling. This was good. I love good story tellers and these people were some of the best.

This is a bit different; a retelling of the old folktale of `Stone Soup." It is presented with a strong touch of fairy tale which the original lacked. The author has used a combination a rhythmic flowing text and illustrations which drift in and out of reality like a dream.

The Traveler in the story, like the one offered in Stone Soup is confronted by a stern-faced, no nonsense lady. He is hungry, he needs food. Of course when presented with this formable mistress he must rely on cunning and imagination to have his belly filled. Starting with a pot of boiling water, our Traveler begins with a rusty nail be removes from his pocket and goes from there.

Both Traveler and scowling lady and transformed into something they are not...they drift into a part fantasy world where they become royalty and share a wonderful meal, drifting through seasons as if by magic.

This is one of those works that is an absolute delight to use as group read. Due to the author's skillful manipulation of both story line and word, he has created an almost hypnotic bit of work which simply captivates both reader and listener. The art work is soft and dreamy and captures the essence of the story perfectly...word and picture blend perfectly to create the overall mood desired and the reader and audience are sort of sucked in as one.

This entire work is very skillfully done and is certainly one you will want to investigate and add to your child's library. I am quite amazed that this work is not better known...go figure.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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I ordered this book along with several versions of the classic tale of Stone Soup for my students. This is one of their favorite versions. If you are going to buy this one, I suggest also getting a few other versions as well and compare and contrast the different books. Great school activities.
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In good condition.
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