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Stone Soup

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  30,329 ratings  ·  302 reviews
First published in 1947, this classic picture book has remained one of Marcia Brown's most popular and enduring books. The story, about three hungry soldiers who outwit the greedy inhabitants of a village into providing them with a feast, is based on an old French tale.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published January 6th 2005 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1947)
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Gundula
As someone who generally likes lushly coloured illustrations, I was not expecting to enjoy this version of the European folktale of "Stone Soup" as much as I did. The illustrations really are wonderful (attention to detail, captured movement, realistic expressions), and that the simple combination of white, black, grey and orange shades works surprisingly well.

The illustrations notwithstanding, I am also pleasantly surprised by the story itself. Marcia Brown's version of the tale clearly shows
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Ronyell
“Stone Soup” is a Caldecott Honor Book by Marcia Brown and it is about how three soldiers help a French village know the true meaning of giving when they tell them about the mysterious stone soup. “Stone Soup” is a cute story about the importance of being generous towards others, but some children might not like the slow pace of the story.

Marcia Brown has done a great job at illustrating this book as the images are mainly displayed in red, grey, white and black colors as most of her books have m
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Cheryl
This is indeed one of the better versions of the tale. It is unusual in that it is long, and in that it is three soldiers teaching an entire town a lesson in cooperation.

I do have to admit that I'm surprised the villagers did not catch on to the trick - and if a child asks you why they were stupid, maybe you want to 'spin' the answer. Maybe you could answer that, on a subconscious level, they didn't want to admit that they were duped, because part of each of them realized that there would, in t
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Kathryn
Marcia Brown version features three hungry soldiers returning from war as the "stone soup makers" and the villagers are at first afraid that the soldiers will take all their food so they hide it. The soldiers instead use a "magic" stone to start the soup and show the townspeople that there is enough food to go around.
I wasn't especially drawn to the words in Brown's tale, but the illustrations certainly are captivating and lend such sense of atmosphere and charm to the tale.
Rachel
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Lana Hoffman
Three soldiers use their wits to feed their hungry stomachs.

This book is very clever. The illustrations are made up of only black, white, and red. They appear to be popping off the pages. There are some important lessons taught in this book. Children learn that being clever and using your brain to solve a problem is greatly rewarded. The value of sharing and giving to others in need are also expressed in this story. Overall, children will learn that when they give to others and share, like the t
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Crystal Marcos
I am tickled by the fact that one story could be told in so many variations and all of them stand apart to be their own charming tale. The illustrations displayed the mood of the scenes very well. The townspeople had reason to fear the soldiers. The soldiers had to come up with a clever way to convince the people they weren't there to harm them. This book has a great lesson on sharing and how much more wonderful something could be by doing so. Everyone coming together to add what little they had ...more
Julie
Dec 03, 2014 Julie added it
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"Stone Soup," by Marcia Brown is a traditional book with dancing and laughter. Three soldiers reached a village on their way home from war where they asked for food and a place to stay. The villagers saw them coming so they hid all of their food and said their houses were full. The wise soldiers started to make stone soup with the peasants and they started adding food from their houses like carrots, cabbage, and meats. They set up a feast outside with bread and cider and enjoyed the soup togethe ...more
Clara Hamilton
This book is a fable about a visitor in a starving village. At first they fear him, and refuse to help him, since they are starving as well. Then he decides to make stone soup. He puts a stone in the soup, then begins to ask for things to add to it to make it better. As more and more villagers help to add to the soup, it becomes a delicious meal for the entire town. When he leaves, he tells two children that the stone was not magic, but that the villagers had preformed the magic.

The theme of thi
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Nikki Howard
This is a story about three soldiers who are hungry and tired as they come across a village. Before arriving, all of the villagers hide all of their food because they do not want to share their food with the three soldiers. After asking every villager for some food and a place to stay and being told "no", the soldiers ask for a large pot and some water. They proceed by making a large pot of stone soup. As they make the soup, they continue to say what would make the soup better and better. The vi ...more
Victoria Leininger-halpern
Although somewhat strange, Stone Soup is a good read for children, and gives a compelling message about being able to share and having a supporting community. It opens with two soldiers coming into a village, asking for food and a place to sleep. The people of the village deny having any of these things, until the soldiers tell them they can teach them how to make Stone Soup, and all of the sudden the village has the ingredients necessary, and everyone sits around a large table and eats.

The sto
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Kierstyn Stanley
Three hungry travelers come to a small town in which they expect to find townspeople willing to give them just a small amount of food so that they can carry on their journey. Once they see that none of the townspeople are willing to give them their food, they come up with a plan. They will make stone soup. They start by filling their pot with water and putting a stone in it and stirring it over a fire. The townspeople became curious and ask the travelers what they are doing. When they explain wh ...more
Maya Benberry
This is a story about a group of travelers who come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travellers. Then the travellers go to a stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The travellers answer that they are making "stone soup", which tastes wonderful, although it ...more
Charlotte Stevens
This is the retelling of a traditional French tale in which 3 soldiers who are very hungry come across a village of peasants looking for food and shelter. The villagers are very reluctant to help these strangers and decide to hide all their food and explain that there are no beds available. However the soldiers use their knowledge and whit and manage to trick the unwelcoming peasants into providing a feast through preparing their ‘magical’ stone soup.
The illustrations are quite unusual for typic
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Dolly
Jan 10, 2010 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We have read a couple of versions of this story. The people and locations may vary, but the story is still the same. I asked our girls what they thought about the soldiers tricking the people, but they decided that they weren't tricking the people, that the people were just being nice. In any case, it's a great tale and though I prefer the Chinese version of the story by Jon J. Muth, I can see why this was an award-winning story.
Danie Plott
A simple retelling of the old folktale, Stone Soup is a story of greed, wit, and curiosity. When three weary, hungry soldiers stumble upon a small village, they are discouraged to find that none of the villagers have any food to spare! “Well then,” the cunning soldiers say, “we’ll have to make stone soup!” Using an innocent form of trickery, the soldiers coax the villager’s food from under the beds, down from the lofts, up from the cellars, and into their boiling pot of stones.

It is endearing t
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Clarissa
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown is a tale about three clever soldiers who manage to gain assistance from unlikely sources. Weary after the long war they had just survived, three soldiers trudged home dreaming of food and a soft bed. It had been days since they had last eaten, but in the distance they spy a town. With hope for food and a soft place to rest they continue forward. Unfortunately the villagers have long become suspicious of soldiers and already know what the three approaching gentlemen wi ...more
Rachael
Stone Soup written by Marcia Brown, 1947, Folktale, Picture Book

Stone Soup is the story of three hungry soldiers looking for some food and a place to sleep. They arrive in a small town only to be turned away from every house. They call out to the villagers that they will make stone soup to feed everyone. As the soldiers call out lamenting the absences of different ingredients, the townspeople eventually bring each item forward and soon a feast is prepared in the square. The town thanks the soldi
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Danielle Vasquez
Stone Soup was a French folktale that I was pleasantly surprised with while I was reading. This tale of three French soldiers is very entertaining and I think that all children would love to read it. throughout the story, you get a sense of suspense and sympathy, which makes it a great book for kids because they can explore these emotions through this short tale.

What I also liked about Brown's book was how it encouraged everybody to work together in the story to accomplish a common good. The i
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Julie Decker
This is the story of three hungry soldiers who were dismayed to find no one in the village wanted to help feed them as they came through town. The villagers were all too suspicious and protective of their own small stores to share anything. What struck me as awesome was that the soldiers then came up with an idea to encourage the villagers to help feed them without shaming them into doing so. Finally, with everyone contributing something (and the soldiers contributing nothing but stones--plus th ...more
Claudia Hall
The book Stone Soup is about a women that comes to town who claims to know how to make stone soup and it is the most delicious soup ever made. She gets everyone together in the town to pitch in ingredients and makes the stone soup for them. The book is humorous, but has a great moral. The moral of the story is to work together as a team and you are able to make or achieve anything. That's what the town did without even realizing it. This book is for first to third graders. I would teach this boo ...more
Kelly Ramsey
Stone Soup was a very fun book to read. The stone soup was bascially about three soilders whom were traveling and were tired and hungry. The soldiers came to a village where neither the villegers nor the soilders wanted to share. The soldiers bascialy came up with a unique plan to out smart the villagers to share there homes and food. The soilders intoduce the villegers into making stone soup. A soup made up of just three round stones. THe soilders began to request other products such as cabbage ...more
Kelly
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Yes, there really are stones in the bottom of that giant-ass pot.
Isabel
The story of 3 soldiers that stumble into a town looking for food and shelter and are turned away by peasants that keeping their goods hidden. The soldiers trick the peasants into giving them food by making "stone soup" but suggesting that it would taste a little better with a bit of this and bit of that. Ultimately the soldiers teach them that if they all pool a little of what they have they will have a better end product. Although at the end the peasants don't even seem to have noticed the tri ...more
CLM
This is the edition I grew up with, and I enjoyed buying and sharing it with my older nephews.
Wendy Daniel
Stone soup is a classic and should be read to every 5 year old before they enter Kindergarten! The way the travelers bring the town together to share their food is so clever that the kids will enjoy the way the story unfolds. Their narrative skills will be enhanced as they begin to predict what's next. Keeping children interested in reading (print motivation) is so important as they are leaning to read. Sometimes they get bogged down in the mechanics of learning it. Stone soup is one of the book ...more
David Schaafsma
The classic 1947 version I read it my house in the fifties...
Kirei
Feb 14, 2008 Kirei rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids
My five year old enjoyed this as much as I remember enjoying it!
Debra
Stone Soup is a very old tale. This is a very nice retelling and the drawings are very good. How do three hungry, tired soldiers find food and lodging in a town where everyone is hesitant to help them. They use their brains and everyone ends up happy , rested, and friends.




We will discuss how the soldiers problem-solved.
We will make stone soup. In a crock pot we will put our pretend stones and let everyone bring from home
a vegetable or spice or grain to add (list to choose from). We will add brea
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Stephanie F.
It's a fun children's book with a good lesson.
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Marcia Brown has won the Caldecott Medal three times, the only person to do so until David Wiesner in 2007. She is also the winner of the 1977 Regina Medal, a six-time recipent of the Caldecott Honor, and the winner of the 1992 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for her lifetime body of work in children's literature.

Brown continues to paint in her studio in California, now focusing on Chinese art instead
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