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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  20,075 ratings  ·  122 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
Irina Ryabyy
This cute traditional story is about a young man who was walking all day and night and became tired and hungry. When he came to a big house he thought “there will be plenty of food for me there. But the little old lady who lived there said she had nothing to give him. So he asked for a stone and insisted that they would make soup from that stone. He asked for a pot, and in the end made good soup with butter, barley, pepper, salt, juicy beef bones, carrots, yellow onions and a stone. After they w ...more
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
Katherine Bryant
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
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
Sally Deem
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

I remember reading this as a young boy. I must say it is a classic. It will make children addicted to reading. The pictures are a blend of cartoony and realistic. it is not really a cute book (like something you would expect from mr. Mo Willems), but I know its purpose is to make children focus on the story.

This is where the book excels the most (I just gave it 2 stars, because the illustration is attractive). The alliterations are h
Olivia Pitchford
"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
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
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
Asif Zamir
The story is about a young man who goes to a lady's house asking for something to eat. When she doesn't want to give him anything he asks her if she has a stone. He says that he can make soup from a stone and she is so taken in by it that they put a stone in a big pot of water to boil. He then goes on to say it would be good with this ingredient so she adds it, or better with this ingredient so she adds that. What will this soup be when it's finished? - Asif Zamir
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
Ashley Whaley
Stone Soup in one of my favorite books that I remember from my childhood. I was glad I got to read it again for this unit. I think the story is fun and will keep children interested because I remember reading it in class in elementary school, so it must be good. I think a cool activity would be to make "Stone Soup" in class and relate it to a unit talking about the order of doing things, like following a recipe.
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
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
Brianna Toepfer
The first time I read this story I thought it was quite cleaver of the boy to be able to get the old lady to bring him food from her garden even though she had none. And to add to it the lady thought that it was so magical that the soup was created from just a little stone. However I feel like it might be a entertaining book for children who are maybe 5th grade or so.
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
Sujeewa Ranasinghe
Stone Soup is a great folktale story book to read for preschoolers. It has short sentences and simple text so, children can understand and read the story easily. Young children can learn about names of the vegetables and what are the ingredients for make a soup.
Ginnie Grant
I think not only children but adults as well could learn a valuable lesson from this book. It's about sharing the resources and taking care of each other, which I think is a dying art.
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
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 Plummer
I thought this was a cute book about a manipulative little boy. He is very, very clever, to think up a way to have dinner every night without paying. This story was quite good and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Loved this story!! It was so cute and the art work was very detailed and a lot of fun to look at. The story line is adorable I had never heard this story before so I thought it was creative and a lot of fun to read.
Samantha Meredith
This book was very comical. The way the boy manipulated that poor old woman was entertaining but simple.
Amazing traditional literature that resonates through its theme.
1.This is a great way to introduce a fable.
2.This stroy offers detail on information on long ago and today.
3.There are different version to this story I really like this one best.

Extended Activity

I like the idea of having students to bring in rocks/stones from home. We will talk about the differences between rocks and stones. We will have students to graph the rocks and stones. I will have the children examine the rocks under magnify glasses, and they could record their findings on to a chart t
Apr 06, 2014 Cassie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: elementary age kids
Recommended to Cassie by: Mrs. Murray
It's a cute little read for elementary school kids and the illustrations are lovely.
Ashley Whiteley
This is one of my favorite folktale stories! It is funny and very unique. You will laugh through the whole thing. It has repetition that makes it interesting. I loved it.
Eva Leger
This is an average book in my opinion. Julia felt it was repetitive which surprised me because usually she's more tolerant of that sort of thing. But the old womans words, while repetitive for a reason, does get old after the first few times. This isn't for a child of 2 year, so young that repitition is actually needed.
The illustrations are so-so, nothing to write home about. I wouldn't actually recommend making any special trips to get this or plans on owning it. Check it out from the library
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
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