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Children's LiteratureIn this retelling of the famous stone soup story, Pete Seeger and Paul DuBois Jacobs take readers back to seventeenth-century Germany during the religious conflict leading up the Thirty Years War (1616-1648). A starving soldier arrives in a village, only to be turned away at every doorstep when he begs for food. Finally the soldier decides to make stone soup and invites the village children to take part. The children bring ingredients, and gradually the stone soup becomes a wonderful feast that the entire village enjoys. With wonderful illustrations, Michael Hays brings new life to an old tale, and takes the reader on a journey back in time. The accompanying CD features the main song of the book, which children and parents will enjoy singing together. 2005, G.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 3 to 8.
—Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.