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A clever young man tricks an old woman into believing that soup can be made from a stone. As the pot of water boils with the stone in it, he urges her to add more and more ingredients until the soup is a feast "fit for a king." In print for 30 years.

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ISBN-13: 9780590416023
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/1986
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 75,885
Product dimensions: 7.37(w) x 7.42(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: 480L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Ann McGovern has been writing children's books for over 35 years. She has published over 45 titles including STONE SOUP, several books in the IF YOU LIVED.... series, and SCRAM, KID! (Viking, 1974), which won the Horn Book Award. McGovern spent part of her career at Scholastic, where she created the See-Saw Book Club. McGovern lives in New York City.

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Stone Soup 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ekstewar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: A hungry boy who tricks a woman into giving him ingredients to make a delicious soup to eat. Genre: Folktale Personal Reflection: I really like the trickery in this story and how people can be lead down a path without even knowing it. Concept: I think this is a really cute story that kids enjoy and it would be fun to have kids make their own 'stone soup' by each bringing in a different ingredient.
szierdt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Timeless story of the suggestive boy who was hungry and with a stone, made a filling soup. This version is slightly different than the one I remembered. Elements of repitition encourages memorization and sequence recognition.
medebrielle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stone Soup by Ann McGovern is a story about a young man who is traveling far. He is very hungry and comes across a very nice looking house. He knocks on the door and begs the woman for food. She refuses. He asks her for a stone. She is shocked that he asked her for a stone, so she gives him one. He puts the stone in a pot and begins heating it. The woman is impressed and says the stone is cooking fast, the boy agrees and tells her that the stone would cook faster if there were some onions in there. She then said, this soup smells good, and the boy says this soup would smell better with some carrots. And the story continues with the boy tricking the women into brining him more ingredients for his soup. Finally the soup is complete and she says the soup is fit for a king, so she decides to set the table. Both the old lady and the traveling boy eat the soup from a stone together!This website is a complete lesson plan for stone soup. It tells me how to introduce the book, what to discuss about the book, and what the results are from reading the book.
teddiemitchell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stone Soup is a book about a young man who had been walking for days and comes upon a house where a little old lady lives. The young man was wanting food from the old lady but she did not have any to spare. Then young man than asked for a stone so he could make stone soup. The lady let him have a stone and they began to make stone soup together using vegetables out of her garden. The soup turned out fantastic and they ate the yummy soup. At the end of the story the young man takes the soup to make some more tomorrow. I like how the book brings an element of suprise at the end.Stone Soup is a book I can personally relate to because when I was in the fourth grade my family decided to make our own stone soup. It was delicious, I can remember it to this day. In my classroom, I would have my students write out what they would want to put into there stone soup. We would also dicuss how the young man made the woman believe he knew what he was doing with the stone.
GrammiePoet More than 1 year ago
This is another retelling of a classic, the story of a wandering man who promises to make a delicious soup for an old lady - from a stone! She provides a pot of water and a fire, he places the stone in the pot and begins to muse about the various things that would make the soup especially tasty - vegetables, salt, a beef bone - and the old lady provides each in turn. Voila! A delicious soup is created - and all from a stone! The story is fun and well illustrated in this edition. As a child develops reasoning skills, he or she will be able to realize that the man plays a trick in order to obtain food. In this edition, it is only one old lady who interacts with the trickster; in other editions a whole village is involved, with each person bringing a different ingredient. The lesson seems a bit different in community.
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kat54 More than 1 year ago
i love this storie, i think all children should read it, it has so much meaning that people today need to hear. i heard this the first time in 4th grade, i have read it to my children and will read it to my grandchildre and godchildren, any child i read to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago