Stone Soup

Stone Soup Winner of Parents Choice Award Bank Street College Best Children s Books of the Year Two hungry travelers arrive at a village expecting to find a household that will share a bit of food as has been t

  • Title: Stone Soup
  • Author: Heather Forest Susan Gaber
  • ISBN: 9780874836028
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winner of Parents Choice Award Bank Street College Best Children s Books of the Year Two hungry travelers arrive at a village expecting to find a household that will share a bit of food, as has been the custom along their journey To their surprise, villager after villager refuses to share, each one closing the door with a bang As they sit to rest beside a well, oWinner of Parents Choice Award Bank Street College Best Children s Books of the Year Two hungry travelers arrive at a village expecting to find a household that will share a bit of food, as has been the custom along their journey To their surprise, villager after villager refuses to share, each one closing the door with a bang As they sit to rest beside a well, one of the travelers observes that if the townspeople have no food to share, they must be in greater need than we are With that, the travelers demonstrate their special recipe for a magical soup, using a stone as a starter All they need is a carrot, which a young girl volunteers Not to be outdone, another villager contributes a potato, and the soup grows as others bring corn, celery, and other vegetables and seasonings In this cumulative retelling of an ancient and widely circulated legend, author Heather Forest shows us that when each person makes a small contribution, the collective impact can be huge Susan Gaber s paintings portray the optimism and timelessness of a story that celebrates teamwork and generosity This story about community teaches readers the importance of sharing, generosity and vegetables August House Publishers offer an animated version of Stone Soup as well as free lesson plans

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    1. From the cover image and book description of Heather Forest's retelling of the Stone Soup folktale, I was expecting to really enjoy this here picture book. And while I do appreciate the story on so many levels and am in fact completely wowed by Susan Gaber's gorgeous and evocative accompanying illustrations, I think that the narrative itself is more than a bit too openly didactic. Why is the magic ingredient of sharing spelled out not only so overtly, but also repeatedly? Most individuals (even [...]

    2. This is the fourth version of the tale Stone Soup that I’ve read. I also gave four stars to the versions by Jon J. Muth, Marcia Brown, and Ann McGovern.What I liked less about this one is that the “magic ingredient” of sharing is spelled out, more than once.What I really enjoyed about it is some of the illustrations, especially the two page spread with all the vegetables going into the pot and the illustration of the cat, bird and dog partaking of the soup at the end when the people have f [...]

    3. a good folklore/fable that reminds everyone (not just children) of the importance of sharing.but, also the idea that we can pretend we are "too busy" for each other, until the intrigue of a "magical soul" and everyone wants to participate - it unfortunately demonstrates that humans only are interested in something "special" rather than being happy for the simplicity of being appears that human nature to "move forward" when someone needs something and will stay when there is more to offer. but, i [...]

    4. I enjoyed this version of the famous story, handed down in various forms for many generations. I was surprised to learn, from the author's note, that the version I heard as a child apparently originated in Sweden. An interesting fact, and it made me wonder if that was part of the heritage of the state I grew up in. (Quite a few Swedes settled in Michigan in its early days).Anyway, I enjoyed this retelling of the story. The story is all about sharing, and especially in this retelling, it's all ab [...]

    5. I personally didn't like this version as much as others, as it had a preachy tone. Other versions I have read allow the moral to speak for itself, or allow the reader to draw their own moral conclusion at the end, but this one sort of pounded the idea home in an overly didactic manner, which really distracted from the story for me.

    6. Title: Stone SoupAuthor: Heather ForestIllustrator: Susan GaberGenre: European folktaleTheme(s): Folktales, sharing, cooking,Opening line/sentence: There was once a comfortable little village nestled in the mountains.Brief Book Summary: Stone Soup begins as two travelers come to a town, tired and hungry, and decide to knock on people’s doors and ask the locals for food. After being repeatedly denied and told that nobody has food, the travelers decide to make stone soup. They get the attention [...]

    7. This was a very great book it is about two travelers who were out searching for food who came across a small village. The two travelers went door to door asking for food, but no one out of the whole villiage offered them any food. So when things weren't going to good one of the travelers mentioned that they should make their magical soup since most of the villagers claim they have no food as well. So the two travelers asked for a big pot ho a villager was able to provide, then they placed a ston [...]

    8. "Bring what you got, put it in a pot, we making stone soup!" This is a great story of two travelers, tired and hungry. However, they are not the only ones who are tired a hungry. There is an entire village wanting to participate the stone soup the poor and weary travelers are making. Each person comes out of their home to see what is cooking in the pot. This story showcases the true art of sharing among one another. Great for all ages but specifically for the elementary school age. There is also [...]

    9. This book is a great read for children learning about sharing and working together to benefit one another. I greatly enjoyed the message of this book and the wonderful illustrations throughout the story. This book is a French folktale that focuses on the use of food as a way to interact and work together with one another. I loved each picture and the text was easy to follow. Read aloud enrichment- This is a wonderful story for children between grade levels of first and third. The sentence struct [...]

    10. I enjoyed story "Stone Soup" immensely! This folktale book with it's acrylic painted pictures and it's use of primarily warm or earth tone colors and depiction of facial features so life-like, that their eyes seemed to be saying so much about the tone of the story, wiht its' many positive messages that we can teach to children and adults of all ages. This story begins with two very poorly dressed travelers, that were tired and hungry from their journey. as they were traveling they came upon a vi [...]

    11. This story is based on a European Folktale that has been retold for centuries. The author’s note at the beginning of the book tells of the different versions told and what they depict. This story is a contemporary version that takes place in a village in the mountains. This is an easy story with simple words for kids to follow along but it packs tons of heart and a great lesson in it as well. It is a story of two hungry and tired travelers who wander into a town in search of food. When no one [...]

    12. 1. Personal Reaction:Stone Soup is an enlightening story about the importance of sharing and the effect it can have on others. When two hungry travelers arrive in a wealthy village in search for food, they are turned down by everyone. So, the two travelers make themselves and the townspeople the magical stone soup. They call for all of the townspeople to come contribute in making the soup, showing everyone the importance of teamwork and generosity. This story teaches all readers, young and old, [...]

    13. PreK-2nd Read aloudForest presents her contemporary version of the European folktale and begins with an author's note. The tale takes place in any town where two weary travelers are hungry and knock on doors asking for food. The townspeople tell them they don't have any food so the two decide to feed the town with their stone soup. The begin with a stone and suggest other ingredients that the townspeople end up sharing. The illustrations are done in acrylic paints depicting a multicultural villa [...]

    14. I had never read Stone Soup before and I am so glad it was my choice! When two weary travelers come across an elegant little village they are confused as to why everyone turns them down when they ask for some food. Then it hits them! If this town doesn't have any food then they are in worse shape than we are! Let's make our magical stone soup! So they ask for a pot, fill it with water, and add a stone. Pretty soon the villagers are adding ingredients from their own homes to the pot! This is a go [...]

    15. Two travelers come to a not so sharing village, but find a way to get the villagers contribute to a very magical soup.In fourth grade, I remember reading Stone Soup and absolutely loving it. We first read the book and talked about it, but then my teacher decided that we would make stone soup and use the recipe in the back of the book. It is one of my most vivid memories of elementary school, which shows how meaningful that little activity was. I think when it comes to traditional stories, it’s [...]

    16. Although there are many different versions on the story Stone Soup, this version is one of the best I have read so far. The story does a great job of spreading the message of working together and sharing as a community. The illustrations clearly show the involvement of many different people, including people of different ethnicities, coming together to create the stone soup. I liked how this story was less focussed on the idea that the people making the stone soup were tricking the towns people [...]

    17. This version of the often told tale demonstrates the pleasures of collaboration and mutual generosity. Two hungry travelers, denied food by the inhabitants of a mountain village, publicly declare that they can make soup from a stone. Only they need a carrot and a potato and a few more ingredients to make it taste really good. Everyone in the town contributes something, pronounces the soup delicious and learns the magic behind it: sharing.Age/Grade Level: 4-8 yrsInstructional Ideas:Lessons on com [...]

    18. This book is about 2 travelers that are in need of food. They stop by a near town to see if anyone would spare them something to eat. As they go throughout the town in search of some food, they find that no one in the town is willing to feed them. The 2 travelers decide that they are going to show the people how important sharing is. You will have to read more to understand the full meaning. I would recommend this to anyone of all ages.

    19. Two weary/hungry travelers come upon a little village seeking food from the villagers. Each villager sends them away with nothing until the travelers show the villagers that is only takes a small contribution from each person and an open and generous heart to create a delicious feast. I really liked the simple moral of this tale and I thought the point would be easily understood by all age groups. I wasn’t crazy about the illustrator’s somewhat sloppy illustrating style though.

    20. This is a folktale I had to red it for english class, and it was about travelers who asked everybody in the town if they had any food beacuse they were starving, so they tell the whole town they are going to make Stone Soup, so everyone crowds around and brings some vegetables and they make a delicious soup. Haha as plain as that.;)

    21. I thought the author did a great job of incorporating trickery into a lesson. In the book, it seems as if the men are simply tricking the town into giving away ingredients in order to make a soup for themselves. In the end the men turn the trickery into a lesson by showing the town that they should always help people in need as well as working together for the greater good.

    22. Great book about how sharing can really benefit everyone! This book can be a great lesson on sharing, humanity, and helping the less fortunate. Two men ask a community to give them food and the community tells them no. After the two men volunteer to make a special soup, the community comes together and helps make the soup.

    23. This edition has excellent illustrations that kids can appreciate. The story of the weary travelers looking for food is familiar. When all the villagers start contributing vegetables and other ingredients for this sumptuous soup, you can almost smell it cooking. I'm looking forward to sharing this book with my 5th grade students. I'm sure we'll have a great discussion about the theme of sharing.

    24. A "modern day" version of Stone Soup that I didn't like. I almost considered it to be fake and a pale comparison. Although there are many versions of this "folk lore", I really prefer Revolutionary War version. There is just something much more authentic to it.

    25. This is one of my favorite books from childhood. I didn't actually read the book, but my Dad, who is a great storyteller and writer, would tell this story to my brother and me and other kids groups at church. It never got old.

    26. This is a great book that can be used for many different purposes. There is a great moral about community and sharing, you could read this book to help build community in the classroom. I used this book as a starting point for a science lesson about sinking and floating.

    27. This book teaches the importance of sharing. It also helps students learn that not everyone has the same things, or as many material things but sharing is rewarding. This is an updated version of the classic story.

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