Stone Soup

Stone Soup

by Ann McGovern, Winslow Pinney Pels (Illustrator)
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Saddle-stitched, 32 pages
Price: $3.99

A young man is hungry and tired after a long journey but is refused when he asks the owner of a very fine house for some food. But the clever young man knows how to get hospitality. When he asks for a stone to make into soup, the stingy old lady is curious and does everything he asks until the two sit down to a meal fit for a king. "Soup from a stone, fancy that!"

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Summary: A hungry young man asks for some food, but when he is refused he uses a clever ploy to encourage hospitality.

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Sincerelyornot, 6/27/2011
This is one of my favorite children's books. It illustrates the proverb, "wise as a serpent, gentle as a dove." Parents can repeat "say please" and "ask nicely" all day long, but, as in the book, varying your tune a bit can get the message across faster.

Detailed, cute illustrations make it fun to read aloud more than once. Bonus points for making the soup increasingly yummy looking.

For older kids:
Ten +up will listen in, but can be directed to Tom Sawyer and read on their own about white washing the fence.