Stone Soup

Stone Soup

by Ann McGovern, Winslow Pinney Pels (Illustrator)
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Saddle-stitched, 32 pages
List Price: $3.99 Sale Price: $3.39

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
Story:
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.

Pictures:
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.