NAIL SOUP by Eric Maddern

NAIL SOUP

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

A Scandinavian variant of the familiar Stone Soup retold by Welsh storyteller Maddern. Of all the folktale archetypes that promote the value of collective collaboration, few are more serviceable than the tale of a hungry traveler who has nothing to put into his kettle of boiling water but, in this case, a common nail. He persuades others to contribute what they have in the way of food and seasoning until he has a savory soup to share. In this version, the traveler stops at the cottage of a thickset, plainspoken woman who he convinces first to let him sleep on the floor, even though her husband is away, and then to add potatoes, milk, barley and herbs to his pot. Finally she produces linens, flowers, wine and a spare bed. This concludes with a grace note regarding the heart-softening properties of shared food and stories. While the tale is well-known, Hess’s paintings, with their surrealistic settings, canted perspectives, mysteriously exotic traveler and softly transformed housewife, lend unexpected freshness. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-84507-479-1
Page count: 28pp
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2007




MORE BY ERIC MADDERN

ChildrenTHE KING AND THE SEED by Eric Maddern
by Eric Maddern
ChildrenTHE COW ON THE ROOF by Eric Maddern
by Eric Maddern
ChildrenDEATH IN A NUT by Eric Maddern
by Eric Maddern

MORE BY PAUL HESS

ChildrenTROLL WOOD by Kathryn Cave
by Kathryn Cave
ChildrenTHE MERMAID OF WARSAW by Richard Monte
by Richard Monte
ChildrenTHE KING AND THE SEED by Eric Maddern
by Eric Maddern