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Stone Soup

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  25,246 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
The tale of an old woman and a clever vagabound--curious enough to believe that he can make soup from a stone. Retold for beginning readers. IRA Children's Choice; Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1986 by Perfection Learning (first published February 1st 1971)
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One of my favorite C.S. Lewis quotes says "No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond." With this in mind I have recently decided to purchase some of my favorite childhood books, and read through them. This classic folktale has always been one of my favorites. As a child I enjoyed many different versions of the story, but the drawings in this edition were always particularly enjoyable for me. This boo ...more
Taneika Miliam
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I read Stone Soup for the first time by Ann McGovern. I have always heard of this story but never read it I like this book because I can relate to it. It reminds me of my childhood life. While, growing up as a child my grandmother and father always cooked soups. We had soup of all kind the most famous on was beef soup as in the story. And now I continue the tradition in my household with my children. I add just as many vegetables as the ones in the story. As an educator
First read: who knows. 1984?

This was one of my favorite books as a kid. I always wanted a copy but never had one, and then the other day I realized I was an adult with a credit card and I could remedy the situation. Turns out I still love this book!
Kari Doering
Mar 24, 2017 Kari Doering rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stone-soup
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This is my favorite version of this classic folktale. There are so many versions of it out there, thousands of them but this one is different. Most of them have three soldiers and a town of people where this one is one man and a older women. The illustrations are also very well done so this one would be my top pick if you are looking to have only one version of this.
Feb 28, 2017 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So clever!
Briana Warner
Mar 24, 2017 Briana Warner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: el-ed-340
There are many versions of this story but I think this one is my favorite. The illustrations are great and the story is easy to follow. The kids love to read it aloud or to themselves.
Katherine Bryant
May 31, 2014 Katherine Bryant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stone Soup is a book about a young boy who is very hungry from his travels. He discovers a large house inhabited by a greedy old woman and stops to ask if she had any food to spare. The old woman tells the boy that she has nothing she can give him to eat. The young boy asks if she could at least spare a stone from her road, which causes the old woman to become very curious. The young boy explains that he would be able to make soup from a stone, which greatly intrigues the old woman. As t
Chandler Lotridge
Sep 11, 2016 Chandler Lotridge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Stone Soup” by Ann McGovern, Pictures by Winslow Pinney Pels (4 Stars)

Book Summary #4

Summary: “Stone Soup” by Ann McGovern is a clever story about a young man that is tired and hungry from walking all day and all night, who comes across a house that he believes will “have plenty of food for [him] in [there].” Inside the house is a little old lady who quickly tells the young man that she does not have any food, but instead of going to the next house, the young man asks for a stone. The young ma
Olivia Pitchford
Oct 24, 2012 Olivia Pitchford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
"Stone Soup" is a very classic book that I remember having read to me as a child. The book is quite interesting because it is about a young, manipulative, smart boy who trick an older woman into believing that soup can be made from stone. Initially, he has the older woman boil the stone in a pot of hot water, and then he slyly mentions how much better the soup would be with more ingredients. Eventually the older woman, unknowingly, adds all the ingredients necessary to make a regular soup (witho ...more
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2) Appropriate for kindergarten through third grade.

3) The story is about a hungry, young boy who has been on a journey for days. The boy finally stumbles upon a house where an old women is living. The characters create a soup with many ingredients, however the boy has tricked the old women into making stone soup without her even realizing. The old women refused to serve the boy soup but he claimed he can make soup out of stone, hence the "stone soup." The old women wants t
When a man does not get any food from an old women he tricks her into believing that you can make soup from a stone. The women had never heard of that and the young boy picks up a stone, has her fill a pot with water and puts the stone into the pot. He than gets her to add things like carrots, bones, potato after she taste it and says it is the best soup she ever tasted, than he would say it would be even better if... So the women kept adding things the man said tell he told her it was a
Harley Stine
I have actually heard this story before countless times. I have heard it recited orally, performed in a play and even made stone soup but surprisingly enough this is the first time I have actually READ "Stone Soup". McGovern does an excellent job putting the tale in pictures. I loved the how she kept the old European style setting in pictures and wardrobe for the characters.

The story is about a poor young boy with a few tricks up his sleeve. He meets an older woman who does not want to feed him
Oct 24, 2012 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This age-old book focuses on a keen and clever young boy who tricks an old woman into thinking that soup can be made from simply a grey stone. He starts out by begging the old woman for food. When she does not comply to the hungry boy's request, he asks for a stone. Intrigued, the woman opens her kitchen up to the boy's experiment and adds all of the ingredients demanded of the boy. Insisting that the stone soup is "fit for a king", the boy cons the old woman into making him a full meal.
This tr
Melanie, Aaron, Annie, and Mary Project
Read by: Mary
Author: Ann McGovern Illustrator: Winslow Penny Pels
Genre: Traditional Literature
Interest Level: K-2
Grade level Equivalent: 2.1
Lexile Measure®: 480L
DRA: Not Available
Guided Reading: J

This book is about a peasant boy who is hungry and stops at a large house to ask for food, the old lady that lives there refuses and when she is about to close the door, the boy asks for a stone. When the old lady asks why, he explains to make stone soup. She then lets him in since she is curious about
Feb 07, 2010 Typhani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Summary: The familiar folktale was first retold by McGovern in 1968. Now Pels has provided new pictures for this simple story about a young wayfarer who tricks an old woman into making him a hearty soup. When she refuses him food, he asks her for a pot of water. Then he puts a stone into it and waits for it to become stone soup. "It's cooking fast now," says the hungry young man, "but it would cook faster with some onions." Soon the old woman has added vegetables, meat bones, barley and butter, ...more
Best for kids ages 4 and up.
Early Literacy Skills: Vocabulary, Narrative Skills

This old folktale is a great beginning book for kids. The idea of a soup made from a stone will get them thinking and the illustration are full of color and humor. The story of the Stone Soup is about a young lad who tricks an old woman into making him a hearty soup. When she refuses him food, he asks her for a pot of water. Then he puts a stone into it and waits for it to become stone soup. "It's cooking fast now," s
Apr 13, 2015 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: folktales
Grades: 1st-2nd
I thought this folktale was engaging. I thought it would be appropriate for children in the 1st or 2nd grade because it wasn't a very long book nor did it have hard vocabulary. I think this would be a fun book to incorporate story theater and have the students act out the scenes of this folktale since it is so short. I thought Stone Soup could be used to draw from personal experiences such as, asking if the students have ever walked so far that they have gotten tired? or ask if th
Kelly Barnes
Ann McGovern's version of the classic folklore tale Stone Soup is a great read aloud for elementary students, likely in the younger grades (K-3). In the story, a hungry young man comes up to an older woman's home asking for food. When she refuses, the young man asks her for a stone, which he can turn into soup. Curious as to how the boy will make this happen, she allows him to come into her home with his stone and helps him along. In this tale, the two create a delicious soup, based on the cunni ...more
Derek Slagle
This book is a traditional literature picture book. Stone Soup is story about a man who had been walking all day and grew hungry. He ran into a house that might have food to eat. He talk to the old lady and she has nothing for him to eat except for a stone. The man then instructs the old lady to bring him a pot with a long list of ingredients where he tricks her to make soup. He keeps the rock hoping it will bring him lunch in the future.
This book would be good in a 1-4 classroom. I remember re
Broghan Schlicher
Stone Soup is a traditional literature book written by Ann McGovern. The plot of the story is that a clever young man tricks an old woman into believing that soup can be made from a stone. When a little old lady says that she has no food to give the poor man,he tricks the lady into adding more ingredients to the soup such as carrots and potato's. The more ingredients she adds, the more "soup like" it becomes. Then the lady gives the man some soup, as well as eating some for herself. This would b ...more
Jennifer Borduin
I love this story! This is a fantastic sequencing book that is very easy to follow with a distinct pattern. I love the different foods that get thrown into the soup (and how healthy those foods are!)
Stone Soup can be used in a math lesson about pie charts. The teacher can have a big paper in the shape of a pot, and the students can list all the different items that were put in the pot. Then the students will translate the collected data into a "stone soup pie chart" to show all the different par
Children's Literature Project
Stone soup is a wonderful folktale about a traveling peasant that stops at a house asking for a meal. The old woman at the house refused to give him any food. When the man asks for a stone, the woman asks why. He tells her he can make the most wonderful stone soup. She is curious so she invites him in to show her how to make the soup. He puts the stone in a large pot of water. He then begins to ask for the other ingredients such as onions, carrots, etc. When ready, the man and woman eat the deli ...more
Sally Deem
Feb 08, 2014 Sally Deem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is about a resourceful boy who is looking for a place to rest and a meal as he is weary from his travels. He finds a cottage where an old woman lives. When he asks her for help, she refuses saying she has nothing to offer. The boy asks her for a stone, intrigued she asks what he will do with the stone. The boy responds by telling her he can make soup from a stone. She is so curious, that she gets caught up in his directions for making stone soup and the boy tricks her into making a me ...more
A poor man goes to a house to find food. The lady who answers the door tells him that there is no food in the house or in the garden. So then the man asks the lady if there is stone and she tells him how to make the stone soup. When the water boils he asks the lady to add some onion,carrots, butter,barley, beef bones, salt, and pepper. Finally the soup is done and the man takes out the stones and tells her the soup is done and he gets to fill his stomach and away he goes. The lady realizes at th ...more
Ashley Sampson
"Stone Soup" is a book of folklore for children. It is about a little boy who walked day and night. He was tired and he stumbled upon a house and thought he would be able to find food. However, the lady that lived there said she didn't have any food. They did wind up making soup out of the vegetables that she did have. I think this would be a good book to read to children, in and out of school. The teacher would have lots of prompt questions like: Why do you think the lady told the little boy sh ...more
Tina Harden
Aug 27, 2016 Tina Harden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful retelling of an old story. I appreciate that this did not deviate greatly from the original, as most retelling or reworkings are unrecognizable. I read the original as a child and it has stuck with me for 4 decades.

This version is as good as the original. The illustrations here are whimsical in a way, with slightly over-exaggerate features (bordering "ugly" or "scary"). There are sewing needles and stick pins in the old lady's bustle. The old lady also resembles a toad or wit
Paul Hardin
This is a great book because it shows that there are maybe more than one way to skin a cat. What I like about the idea of this book is that if someone doesnt succeed at their task at first, there is almost always another way to accomplish a task. This is a great tool for young children to know and recognize.
I also like this book because it can become interactive. When I was a preschool teacher at the daycare, we made a felt story for this book. WE asked what the children wanted in their stone s
Who knew you could make an alsome soup with a stone. Well one old lady who told a poor young man she had no food finds out what she could do with a stone and a pot of water. The young man keep telling her how the soup would tast so much better if it only had this or that. Some how the old woman came up with onion,carrots, butter,barley, beef bones, salt, and pepper to add to the soup. This is a fantastic sequencing book that is very easy to follow with a distinct pattern. I would allow my studen ...more
Lucero Hernandez
A man tricks an old lady into making him soup, by making her believe that the stone will eventually make great soup. This book may be useful for sequencing and predicting. It would be great to have the students make a soup with vegetables and have them throw the vegetables into a pot, and then after the soup is cooked they may enjoy the soup during lunch. The students may also create their imaginary soup through art. They can also speculate whether or not the stone was necessary for the soup to ...more
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