Stone Soup

Stone Soup

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Award-winning artist Jon J Muth retells the favorite tale of a selfish community who is tricked into creating a delicious soup from stones. Set in China in Muth's hauntingly beautiful watercolors.

Three strangers, hungry and tired, pass through a war-torn village. Embittered and suspicious from the war, the people hide their food and close their windows tight.…  See more details below

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Award-winning artist Jon J Muth retells the favorite tale of a selfish community who is tricked into creating a delicious soup from stones. Set in China in Muth's hauntingly beautiful watercolors.

Three strangers, hungry and tired, pass through a war-torn village. Embittered and suspicious from the war, the people hide their food and close their windows tight. That is, until the clever strangers suggest making a soup from stones. Intrigued by the idea, everyone brings what they have until-- together, they have made a feast fit for a king!

In this inspiring story about the strength people possess when they work together, Muth takes a simple, beloved tale and adds his own fresh twist.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
In a Far Eastern twist on the classic tale, the author of The Three Questions has a group of wandering monks teaching a village about happiness, giving, and trust. Through gentle watercolors that evoke feelings of Asian artwork and Zen-like serenity, Jon J. Muth brilliantly captures the peace these monks bring as they enter a town and realize that the distrustful, suspecting townsfolk need a "stone soup" lesson. Beginning with a little girl wearing yellow -- a bright splash of color against the village's stark gray and white hues -- curious villagers slowly come forward to add special ingredients to the soup and to add more color to the scene. Of course, at the story's familiar end, they all have found their connection, but now the town is cheerfully aglow with red lanterns, happy festivities, and thankful farewells. A beautiful message for young readers and a great jump-start to discussions about folktales or Asian culture (especially with the Author's Note in back), this stunning picture book will have audiences in pure nirvana. Matt Warner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545337588
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/07/2010
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
720,397
File size:
15 MB
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Jon J Muth has written and illustrated many enchanting picture books, including his Caldecott Honor Book ZEN SHORTS and its sequel, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling picture book ZEN TIES. Other beloved titles from Jon include THE THREE QUESTIONS, GERSHON'S MONSTER by Eric Kimmel, and THE CHRISTMAS MAGIC by Lauren Thompson. Muth lives in upstate New York with his wife and five children.

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Stone Soup 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!!!!!
esl4all More than 1 year ago
I read this book at my school and I liked it.The monks tricked the villagers into making a stone soup. It helps the villagers to share. This book teaches happiness that are little things. It has beautiful illustrations of people, nature,Chinese traditions. I think you should read this book. By: Abdiel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great retelling of the traditional stone soup story but with an Asian/Eastern setting and with monks as the main characters. The final celebration at the end is beautiful. It offers a great moral about leaning to share and help one another.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stone Soup. By Jon J. Muth, New York: Scholastic Press, 2003. U.S$16.95/Can$24.99. Refined jacket. Hardcover. ISBN 0-439-33909-X. pp30. Illustrated. The Stone Soup is a Chinese Folklore in which three Buddhist monks- Hok, Lok and Siew, tried to convince the villagers how better it is to be friendly and open to each other using a metaphoric cooperative picnic. The story starts with the ubiquitous Asian religions theme-search for the happiness. So, the youngest monk- Hok, asks to the oldest and wisest monk, ¿What makes one happy, Siew?¿ The wisest monk- Siew, replies, ¿Let¿s find out¿. Thus the story runs. The three monks went to the village below the mountain where they were wondered and found that the villagers were unfriendly, unwelcoming to these monks. The villagers work hard but somewhat individualistic know only themselves, no one else. In the village, there live farmers, a tea merchant, a Confucius scholar, a baker, a carpenter, a village doctor and so on. When these monks went to the village, they knocked each householder¿s door, but nobody cared to open. The monks decided to prepare Stone Soup for themselves, as suggested by the eldest one. They collected a small Tin pot, a few little twigs and three smooth stones. A little girl peeped through her door and saw these monks and came to the monks and wanted to know what they were doing. ¿We are making Stone Soup,¿ said one monk. ¿The pot is too small,¿ said the little girl, ¿my mom has a bigger one, let me bring it¿. She brought it. A household came to see what was going on there and saw the soup pot and said ¿a little onion would go better with this soup¿ and went home to bring little onion. Later another villager came followed by another, more came later each suggested some ingredient and each brought something to add. Finally, when the stone soup was cooked, they eat soup together and at the end they sang, danced and found the happiness of coming together (which practice still continues in Asia). After the festival, the villagers invited the monks in their home and gave them a place to sleep comfortably. However, after a peaceful rest, the monks left the village and thanked the villagers for their hospitality. Even though there was an end of the story, the moral remained forever. The entire book does not contain much word as much as I use here to give my version of the full story, but the pictures in every page speak. Each picture-done in watercolor and brush, is lively (though silent), yet, speaks a lot. The word set in each page, the words match with,- e.g., a carpenter-the picture with his products, a tea-merchant- with his utensils, a village doctor-with his medicine box, a scholar-with his Confucius attire, etc., all these attributes with color, make the words and pictures a perfect combination. The socio-cultural elements are present in every page of this book- peoples¿ dress, demeanor toward each other, bodily gesture, all are clearly depicted in the watercolor brush drawings. Furthermore, the theme of the story is prevalent most part of Asia and the story itself bears the testimony. Parents ¿despite the cultural differences, who want to give moral education to their children, will like this folklore which teaches that if we live together sharing each other resources will live happily. However, in accordance with the author, this story has its root in European folklore and there are many versions in different countries, and the current author used the Buddhist tradition of China, reflecting the cultural background. (Source: Author¿s Note, no page#).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember my 1st grade class making 'stone soup' and learning about the value of community and sharing. This book enhances the story with beautiful illustrations -- great for any collection.
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BtheQueen More than 1 year ago
Great story that teaches too--a must have for young readers
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Hi: I am the review writer of a children's book title-Stone Soup, which Barns & Nobel posted here as Anonymous, posted on February 3, 2007. For a number of months, Barns & Nobel mentioned my name as a reviewer, but for whatever reason unbeknownst to me B&N removed my name from the post. I once requested the B & N to put my name back,otherwise not to post my review on its page. Still B & N using it as anonymous without putting my name back. I am not sure if I should talk to a copyright expert or not. What do you think? Thank you. Sincerely Lokananda C. Bhikkhu MA, MLIS University of the West, Rosemead, CA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for losers