Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup

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Living legend Pete Seeger puts his own unique spin on the classic story of a soldier helping a village come together after the ravages of war. Set during the Thirty Years War, it's the children of the village who add a little salt, some bones, and a few vegetables to the soup of stones and water, as their skeptical parents stand and watch. As they make the soup, the soldier sings: "Stone Soup is what you need/when you have some friends to ...
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Overview

Living legend Pete Seeger puts his own unique spin on the classic story of a soldier helping a village come together after the ravages of war. Set during the Thirty Years War, it's the children of the village who add a little salt, some bones, and a few vegetables to the soup of stones and water, as their skeptical parents stand and watch. As they make the soup, the soldier sings: "Stone Soup is what you need/when you have some friends to feed." Before long there's enough to feed the whole town -- even the grown-ups!

A new version of a beloved story, Some Friends to Feed includes a brand-new song and CD recording by Pete, featuring both the text and the music. In no time, everyone will have fun singing along with Pete.
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Children's Literature
In 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.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-While versions of the story abound, most notably Marcia Brown's 1947 Caldecott winner (S & S), this lovely picture book is a truly worthy addition to most collections. The familiar plot plays out with only one soldier this time and it is the children of the town who are willing to help him. As the youngsters become more involved in the making of the soup, the soldier transforms page by page from a spear-carrying warrior to a man who looks very much like everyone else in town. The addition of a song will make interactive reading a pleasure as everyone can join in the catchy refrain, "Stone Soup is what you need/When you have some friends to feed" each time a character adds a little something to the pot. Hays's acrylic illustrations create a village that appears quite worn down, and the details are particularly effective. The artist's palette of muted greens and blues gradually takes on more color and life as the story-and soup-progresses. A note from the authors explains that this version of the story is set in 17th-century Germany.-Laura Eckley, Bronxville Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Not as satisfying in word or illustration as the classic French Stone Soup by Marcia Brown or the Swedish Nail Soup by Margot and Harve Zemach, the lyrics included distinguish this retelling from others. Set in Germany, a single soldier tricks a town full of people into supplying the ingredients for a tasty soup. Trickery is downplayed but as each ingredient is added, the children announce the addition with a burst of song. Hays's acrylic illustrations on canvas are realistic but relatively static in their depiction of the villagers and the action. Although lacking in the richness of earlier retellings, this version, with music, will have its fans. This will be a marginal purchase for all but the largest of libraries. (includes CD) (Folktale. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399240171
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 9/8/2005
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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