Award-winning artist Jon J Muth retells the favorite tale of a selfish community who is tricked into creating a delicious soup from stones. Set in China in Muth's hauntingly beautiful watercolors.Three strangers, hungry and tired, pass through a war-torn village. Embittered and suspicious from... show more
Award-winning artist Jon J Muth retells the favorite tale of a selfish community who is tricked into creating a delicious soup from stones. Set in China in Muth's hauntingly beautiful watercolors.Three strangers, hungry and tired, pass through a war-torn village. Embittered and suspicious from the war, the people hide their food and close their windows tight. That is, until the clever strangers suggest making a soup from stones. Intrigued by the idea, everyone brings what they have until-- together, they have made a feast fit for a king! In this inspiring story about the strength people possess when they work together, Muth takes a simple, beloved tale and adds his own fresh twist.
Publish date: March 1st 2003
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages no: 32
Edition language: English
, Food And Drink
, Fairy Tales
, Picture Books
, Young Readers
by Jon J Muth I generally like Muth's books, and Stone Soup is no exception. He seems to respect Chinese culture* (actual respect, not cultural appropriation "respect"), and his illustrations are beautiful as always. Still, it's a western tale retold in an Asian setting which isn't my favorite t...
I enjoyed this book, but I'm not sure that my niece did. She struggled a lot with figuring out why anyone would want to eat soup made with stones, so I'd have to say that the larger point presented in this great story was lost on her. We may try this one again when she's a little older.
After being blown away by Zen Shorts – one of the cleverest picture books I’ve ever encountered – I’ve been super curious about more of Muth’s work. His follow up titled Zen Ties was quite nice, but I wanted more! And yet, I still go into each of his books thinking they are going to be too big for...
Same old story, but Muth paints beautiful pictures, and we're fond of stories set in China.Library copy