Stone Soupby Heather Forest, Susan Gaber
Two hungry travelers arrive at a village expecting to find a household that will share a bit of food, as has been the custom along their journey. To their surprise, villager after villager refuses to share, each one closing the door with a bang. As they sit to rest beside a well, one of the travelers observes that if the townspeople have no food to share, they must
Two hungry travelers arrive at a village expecting to find a household that will share a bit of food, as has been the custom along their journey. To their surprise, villager after villager refuses to share, each one closing the door with a bang. As they sit to rest beside a well, one of the travelers observes that if the townspeople have no food to share, they must be "in greater need than we are." With that, the travelers demonstrate their special recipe for a magical soup, using a stone as a starter. All they need is a carrot, which a young girl volunteers. Not to be outdone, another villager contributes a potato, and the soup grows as others bring corn, celery, and other vegetables and seasonings. In this cumulative retelling of an ancient and widely circulated legend, author Heather Forest shows us that when each person makes a small contribution, “the collective impact can be huge.” Susan Gaber's paintings portray the optimism and timelessness of a story that celebrates teamwork and generosity
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This book is a great example of sharing! In the back there is a recipe to make your own Stone Soup! Also, I am an elementary education major and used this for storytelling via felt board. Pieces were easy to make and the story was loved by all children! Fantastic book!!
This version of Stone Soup can relate to anyone. Unlike the previous version of Stone Soup by Marcia Brown, this tale does not mention soldiers or a war, therefore allowing it to pertain to anyone at anytime. It is a tale about two hungry travelers who come to a town and ask everyone if they have any food they can spare. Everyone replies with a solid, "no". However, the clever travelers come up with a 'magic' trick. They tell the whole town that they can make a magic soup out of stones, but they will need help from the townspeople. In the end, the travelers trick the into bringing delicious ingredients, and they end up with an enormous pot of delicious soup, that the whole town can share.
I think this a great book for kindergarten children through fourth grade to listen to or read. It shows what good can come from sharing and working together. I also recently used this book in a second grade social studies class as an example of common good, and the students loved it!
Two travelors come to a village to work their magic. In the beginning, noone will share. In the end, the happy villagers are waving goodbye to the travelors. Where are they off to? To another village to work some more magic !!! Couple this book with the song written and performed by the author.
I read this book to my first grade class as an introduction to a nutrition unit. Not only was it an excellent introduction but a rewarding lesson in sharing as well.