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The Soup Bone Hardcover – September, 1990
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From Publishers Weekly
Enhanced by Tomes's typically rusticated palette, this droll tale stars an old lady who makes several bones about her Halloween search for the perfect ingredient. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-- One Halloween night, a lonely little old lady searches for a bone to add to her vegetable soup. Finding none inside, she goes out to dig and unearths an entire skeleton. After chasing the woman up a tree, the skeleton goes into the house and discovers the soup. It in turn is frightened and is chased by a dog, and finally hides under the bed. After cornering the skeleton, the dog is revealed to be none other than the little old lady herself--dressed in her Halloween costume. The two make a pact not to frighten one another. Then, after sharing the soup and each other's company, they venture out together to "scare somebody," since it is, after all, Halloween night. Johnston's text has the easy cadence of a folktale, making it a good choice for reading aloud. Tomes's familiar gouache paintings reinforce the whimsical quality of the original tale. Even a casual observer will notice the visual clues throughout the pages. A palette of soft muddy browns and grays, with accents of orange, red, and green, creates the ambience of a late October evening. While any promise of a spooky, spine-tingling tale fades early on, this is nevertheless satisfying: a good choice for Halloween story hours and a foil for more sensational yarns. --Corinne Camarata, Port Washington Public Library, NY
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top customer reviews
Once upon a time there was a teeny-tiny woman who lived
in a teeny-tiny house in a teeny-tiny village. Now, one
day this teeny-tiny woman put on her teeny-tiny bonnet,
and went out of her teeny-tiny house to take a teeny-tiny
walk. And when this teeny-tiny woman had gone a teeny-tiny way, .....
... she comes to a churchyard where she finds a teeny-tiny bone on a teeny-tiny grave for a teeny-tiny soup for her teeny-tiny supper. Whew!
By contrast, THE SOUP BONE lets you breathe. It's rather fun and with just enough spook for the kiddies.
A little old lady lived on top of a hill. It was
Halloween. She loved that night. But nobody every
came to visit her on Halloween. Her house was too
high up. The little old lady felt lonely. And she
felt hungry. So she put some things in a pot.
BUT: ....There was no soup bone. Not one.
Where could a soup bone be? In the garden? Yes! And not one bone or two bones or three bones but many, many bones - a whole `bone-a-fide' bone-chilling skeleton! It's all boogity-booing and chattering and clicking its bad `n brittle teeth and scaring the little lady half to death. But not to worry, that skeleton gets its comeuppance;'cause the wee old lady has got a dandy trick up her sleeve!
Definitely more story to it than The Teeny Tiny Woman, and I give it two bones and one thumb up - especially if read by candlelight!