Stone Soup

Stone Soup

by Marcia Brown
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Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

Three soldiers came marching down the road towards a French village. The peasants seeing them coming, suddenly became very busy, for soldiers are often hungry. So all the food was hidden under mattresses or in barns. There followed a battle of wits, with the soldiers equal to the occasion. Stone soup? Why, of course, they could make a wonderful soup of stones...but, of course, one must add a carrot or two...some it went.
Marcia Brown has made of this old tale a very gay book, a carnival of activity, of dancing and laughter. So much goes on in the pictures that children who have once heard the story will turn to them again and again, retelling the story for themselves. A French version of the story is available under the title "Une Drole de Soupe."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684922966
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 01/01/1947
Series: Stone Soup Series
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 208,612
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD480L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Marcia Brown, one of the most honored illustrators in children's literature, is a three-time Caldecott Medalist and six-time Caldecott Honor illustrator, as well as winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for the body of her work. She lives in Laguna Hills, California.

Marcia Brown, one of the most honored illustrators in children's literature, is a three-time Caldecott Medalist and six-time Caldecott Honor illustrator, as well as winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for the body of her work. She lives in Laguna Hills, California.

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Stone Soup 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though this was one of the very first books I read (or perhaps it was first read to me) it has been a solid influence on my personal and professional life. The tale is not one of trickery but rather one of persuasion, not one of selfishness but of sharing. It simply says that if all contribute whatever little or great they have, the end result is much better than the sum of parts. While some may say this book then would influence children toward some type of political left, I suggest the influence is more toward contribution to their respecive community and thus an enhansement of their respective lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this book as a child and wanted to make sure that my son had the same experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember i read this story in 2 grade. I liked it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Think of it this way-the message is like gum, sticky but good.
Little-leelee More than 1 year ago
I have used the story of Stone Soup with my Cub Scouts as well as children's activity groups and in a couple of weeks I plan to use it as a Children's Sermon during church service as our church prepares to kick off a campaign fund-raising for building expansion. This will be a lesson in cooperation and sharing not only for the children but for the entire congregation!
lauren_21 More than 1 year ago
This book was read to me as a senior in high school, I was 17 at the time, and it sends a good message to the targeted audience (4-8) that being greedy isn't how to act. It also teaches children the importance of sharing. The author bases her story on an old French tale about three hungry soldiers who arrive at a village full of selfish, greedy people. By the end of the story the soldiers outwit the villagers into making them a feast. When I first heard this story, I was reminded the importance of sharing with others and the effects being greedy can have. I am now 19 and still love this book and even read it to the children at the daycare I work at and implement a lesson plan when I get the opportunity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the fact that I remember this book and the lessons learned more than fifty years after my mother read it to me, says it all. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I introduced this to my son's preschool class 30 years ago, and they still carry on the "Stone Soup" tradition. Every year, students are asked to bring in a fresh vegetable from home for the pot of soup. The teacher takes a stone (and scrubs it of course!). She starts the pot of soup with the stone. The soup is made, and the entire class enjoys hearty vegetable "stone" soup for lunch. I can't wait to introduce my granddaughter to this tradition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't even open to read the book and it took my money.
Fabian_fan_americaine More than 1 year ago
I first became aware of Stone Soup when I saw it illustrated and narrated while watching Captain Kangaroo on TV as a child in the 1950s. To say that I was enchanted by it is an understatement. Even then, I knew that something in my young life had been changed forever by the experience. The story is unforgettable, as are the lessons it teaches children about themselves and others: The spiritual confinement of selfish behavior, the power of optimism to make for positive change, and the joy of sharing with those less fortunate than ourselves, to name a few. This year I sent a copy to my young grand-niece and another to my grand-nephew. I wanted each of them to have their own copy, as I expect that they will turn to it again and again in years to come. The original 1947 illustrations are lively and perfect for the story being told. Stone Soup is a fun, entertaining, and provocative exercise in the complexity of human behavior and the consequences of personal choices. Stone Soup can be (and was for me) transformative for a growing child. I encourage you to share the story with your own children, or with any children in your life. If they are very young, read it to them as a bedtime story. If they are a bit older, ask them to read it to you (if they don't ask you first!) Stone Soup's lessons are gentle, profound, and transcend generations. When I opened the new copies, I was reminded of the beauty, humor and wisdom of the tale once again. Thank you, Captain Kangaroo--and thank you, Marcia Brown!
Teacher-zoey More than 1 year ago
a very simple story with a very profound message. Standing the test of time, this book is truly a timeless classic. If you want to teach life lessons, this book is just a wonderful way to do it, when is comes to sharing what you have. Stone Soup is great to read early and often to your toddlers. After awhile, the message will sink in and stick.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My son reads this book with his mom and is always talking about Stone Soup and if I would eat that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am helping to build a new model for health care in West Michigan and am using this book as a roadmap!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember the first time Captain Kangaroo read this story to me. It has remained a favorite of my own, my children's and now my grandchildren. It is a must for teaching the lessons of compassionate giving, and for using resourcefulness to accomplish a group effort. I highly recommend this beloved tale for anyone teaching children and as a unique motivational lesson for adults who must provide training for others (it is a fun, inspiring way to gain the attention of a room full of stuffy businessmen or women!) Making the soup as part of the activity also adds a special treat, especially for kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont like this book my little sister says this book is garbage and shes only 8
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had stone soup at my daycare, gross.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is it sooooo expensive