Bone Button Borscht

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On a dark winter's night, a ragged beggar dreams of a warm hearth and a delicious meal -- and sets out to find just that. In this retelling of the classic folk tale "Stone Soup," a stranger teaches the poor villagers what can be accomplished with a few buttons and a little cooperation.
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Overview

On a dark winter's night, a ragged beggar dreams of a warm hearth and a delicious meal -- and sets out to find just that. In this retelling of the classic folk tale "Stone Soup," a stranger teaches the poor villagers what can be accomplished with a few buttons and a little cooperation.
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A fresh version of a familiar folk tale
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Written in the folk tale tradition, which seems to be enjoying a revival, this is a story of a beggar's attempt to return the feeling of community to a small Jewish village. As he goes begging one cold winter night he encounters a mood of indifference. When he reaches a synagogue, he devises a plan to bring the community together. With the help of the resident shamas and the buttons on his coat, he tricks the village into working together for the good of everyone.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3--In this ethnic variation of "Stone Soup," a hungry beggar comes to a poor town on a cold and snowy evening. No door is opened to him until he sees a light and enters the synagogue. The shamas does not answer his greeting so the beggar takes the five buttons off his coat and asks for one more in order to make Bone Button Borscht. Bowls, cups, ladles, and a pot wouldn't hurt either, he explains. As the shamas goes from door to door seeking the ingredients, the incredulous townspeople gather round and provide the food that will make the soup just a little more tasty. Such a miracle. Such a joyous feast. The stranger then goes on his way with better buttons on his coat and the townspeople left with a better spirit of neighborliness. The retelling provides a satisfying Eastern European setting for a classic folktale. Watercolor and pencil drawings help to flavor the stew.--Susan Pine, New York Public Library
The New York Times Book Review
A fresh version of a familiar folk tale
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550743265
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 516,639
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

For more than 30 years, Aubrey Davis has told stories, performing and conducting workshops across Canada and the United States. His books have received glowing reviews and multiple awards, including the Sydney Taylor Award, the Mr. Christie Award (Silver) and the Canadian Jewish Book Awards Children's Literature Prize. Aubrey lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Du?an Petri?i? is an award-winning children's book designer and illustrator whose books include The Enormous Potato and Lickety-Split. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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