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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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Born in 1953 I loved this book as a child and my children loved itPublished 1 month ago by Scottie Burnett
Lessons for gown-ups who see scarcity rather than abundance.Published 1 month ago by Lynn Perez Hewitt
I remember seeing this for the first time as a kid while watching "Captain Kangaroo". I always loved the story. It is just as I remember it.
Still very entertaining. Read more
A favorite with all 6 children in our family. As an adult, I enjoy the possibility of a neolithic practice lurking among the threads of this tale. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Remote Viewer
Excellent condition. This book is a must in a children's library.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this book! Always read it to my students around Thanksgiving time when we make stone soup. They very much enjoy.Published 2 months ago by Maggie O.