Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Real Story of Stone Soup by Ying Chang Compestine, illustrated by Stephane Jorisch

This is a different - but not too different - version of the invention of stone soup. Narrated by the pompous and lazy fisherman, children will soon be giggling as they watch three clever boys outwit him and create the marvelous stone soup.

The expressions of the three clever boys and the unsuspecting and clueless fisherman perfectly fit the light-hearted story and the swirling backgrounds evoke the river and surrounding country.

The author includes an author's note explaining the origin of the story, and a recipe for " Chang Brothers Egg Drop Stone Soup."

Verdict: The text is lengthy and the the humor must be picked up between the text and illustrations, so this is more suitable for elementary-aged readers and listeners.

ISBN: 978-0525474937; Published January 1007 by Dutton; Borrowed from the library

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