Stone Soup

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Scholastic Inc., 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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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.

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This is a Chinese twist on the old folktale about stone soup. 3 monks travel to a village and convince the town to create a soup with traditional Chinese ingredients. The people are tricked into giving up their vegetables, but they are pleased that the whole town is brought together.

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Great story to read to teach children when they work together they will accomplish much more than if working independently. Teamwork!!!

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About the author (2003)

Jon J Muth has written and illustrated many enchanting picture books, including his Caldecott Honor Book Zen Shorts and its sequel, the New York Times bestselling picture book Zen Ties. Other beloved titles from Jon include the New York Times bestseller Hi, Koo!, The Three Questions, Gershon's Monster by Eric Kimmel, and The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson. Mr. Muth lives with his wife and their four children in New York.

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