Stone Soup Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-10-22 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 26 user ratings

" This book is about 2 travelers that are in need of food. They stop by a near town to see if anyone would spare them something to eat. As they go throughout the town in search of some food, they find that no one in the town is willing to feed them. The 2 travelers decide that they are going to show the people how important sharing is. You will have to read more to understand the full meaning. I would recommend this to anyone of all ages. " said.

" Two weary/hungry travelers come upon a little village seeking food from the villagers. Each villager sends them away with nothing until the travelers show the villagers that is only takes a small contribution from each person and an open and generous heart to create a delicious feast. I really liked the simple moral of this tale and I thought the point would be easily understood by all age groups. I wasn’t crazy about the illustrator’s somewhat sloppy illustrating style though. " said.

"PreK-2nd Read aloud

Forest presents her contemporary version of the European folktale and begins with an author's note. The tale takes place in any town where two weary travelers are hungry and knock on doors asking for food. The townspeople tell them they don't have any food so the two decide to feed the town with their stone soup. The begin with a stone and suggest other ingredients that the townspeople end up sharing. The illustrations are done in acrylic paints depicting a multicultural village. There is some white space usually followed with a full page illustration next to it. The text is large for the young reader and contains some rhyming. Children would be drawn to the silly idea of making soup with a stone and the simple style telling of the story. The book features a recipe for stone soup at the end.

Social emotional learning/Math

Children could take the recipe and count the number of ingredients it takes to make stone soup.
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"This story is based on a European Folktale that has been retold for centuries. The author’s note at the beginning of the book tells of the different versions told and what they depict. This story is a contemporary version that takes place in a village in the mountains. This is an easy story with simple words for kids to follow along but it packs tons of heart and a great lesson in it as well. It is a story of two hungry and tired travelers who wander into a town in search of food. When no one is able to or wants to give them any food they decide the people must not have any extra to spare. They then decide to make a soup of their own to get the townspeople involved. They ask them for a little something here and there to add to their “stone” soup and in the end it turns into a great feast for all to enjoy. This is a great story of teamwork and generosity. It is also a lesson to look for the best in people and believe they will always come through. The author also puts the “recipe” for the stone soup in the back of the book so you can have your very own special feast. Susan Graber’s beautiful acrylic paintings give great detail to the look of the people and scenes of the book. You can see the worn out and tired looks on the travelers and you can almost feel the texture in their beards and the quaint looks to the cottages on the countryside. The details of the vegetables and how they put them in the bubbles as people talk about them also make it fun and easy for young kids to follow along with. She also did a great job showing a multi-cultural village of people which is another lesson all on its own. The endpapers give another fun detail to the book with all the vegetables flying about. This would make a great lesson on sharing which you could use around Thanksgiving with students. This story can be used with almost any young age student from 4-8 years and even beyond. " said.

" Nice retelling of an old classic. " said.

" I have read better versions of this story but this one was still fun. I did like the recipe in the back. " said.

" This was a delightful story I enjoyed as a child and had the opportunity to share with my daughter. " said.

"This version of Stone Soup is beautifully illustrated rendition of the traditional story. I read this book as a digital projection from the library and enjoyed the vivid colors of illustrations in the digital version. Unlike other versions, this version offers a more multicultural cast of characters though it is not clear where they are from. The story begins with two poor travelers who realize the villagers they ask for food and lodging from are more in need than they are. They begin to make stone soup and slowly, little by little the villagers open up to them. The villagers become amazed that they can make such a simple soup from stones. As the travelers leave, they remind the villagers, to "Bring what you've got. Put it in the pot. Every bit counts, from the largest to the least. Together we can celebrate a Stone Soup Feast."

Teachers could use this story to teach theme. This story could also be compared to other versions, especially since it is such a short version of stone soup. This book would also work well in a second or third grade unit on folktales since it offers a simple, traditional story line with a clear theme or message.

I found this book listed on the GoodReads Popular Traditional Literature list.
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