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Stone Soup

Written & illustrated by Jon J Muth
Published by Scholastic
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An award-winning artist adds a Zen twist to a favorite tale. As three monks travel along a mountain road, they encounter villagers ravaged by harsh times, making them cold to strangers. When the monks entice them to make soup from stones, the villagers discover how much they have to give. Full color.

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  • “Something magical began to happen among the villagers. As each person opened their heart to give, the next person gave even more. And as this happened, the soup grew richer and smelled more delicious.”
  • “At last, the soup was ready. The villagers gathered together. They brought rice and steamed buns. They brought lychee nuts and sweet cakes. They brought tea to drink, and they lit lanterns. Everyone sat down to eat. They had not been together for a feast like this for a long as anyone could remember.”

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The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
6.0 / 7.0
English Degree, Former SAHM, Grammy Extraordinare
6.5 / 7.0

I have read other versions of the Stone Soup story, but this one by Jon Muth is my favorite! Traditionally a European tale, it transfers beautifully to China and is beautifully augmented by traditional eastern philosophy. I love the gentle way the traveling monks interact with each other and with the villagers. Upon entering the village, the monks find that all the doors in the village are closed to them and decide to brew some stone soup. While the small act of three travelers preparing a simple meal for themselves is a simple beginning, the way that they attract the attention and help of the whole village seems like a wondrous miracle. Muth’s lustrous watercolor illustrations which alternate between full-page spreads and effective use of white space are brilliant–the villagers are individually imbued with so much personality!

At our house, we are all about family meals, sharing those meals with friends and family, and the happiness and joy that results. Almost any book that celebrates the joy of a shared meal is a win for us!

The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
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Who Wrote Stone Soup

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Jon J Muth

Jon J Muth’s enchanting picture books include his Caldecott Honor Book <i>Zen Shorts</i> and four companion books featuring Stillwater, Koo, and their wonderful young friends. His book <i>The Three Questions</i>, based on a short story by Tolstoy, was called “quietly life-changing” by <i>The New York Times Book Review</i>. And <i>The Horn Book</i> called Jon’s <i>Stone Soup</i> “delicious and satisfying.” His exquisitely beautiful books have been translated into more than fifteen languages and are cherished by readers of all ages. Jon lives in New York State with his wife and their four children.

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January 1, 2003
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The text was set in 14-point Fairfield Medium.
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The artwork was created with watercolor and ink.
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