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Nail Soup Paperback – May 26, 2009
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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.