STONE SOUP by John Warren Stewig

STONE SOUP

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Stewig changes the soldiers in this familiar story into a young girl and sets it in a framing tale whose beginning sounds like an updated, psychologically correct ``Three Little Pigs'': Grethel and her mother love each other but they're too poor to subsist, so Grethel decides to set out and try her luck. The central part of the story is close to Marcia Brown's version (1947), often verbatim. The whole reads, or tells, nicely--though the conclusion (```Now I know how to keep food on our table,' she mused,'' trudging home) is a rather abrupt and unconsidered solution to the original problem. Tomes's illustrations are outstanding: her familiar style depicting homely but appealing characters and a few carefully chosen details against plenty of white space is especially appropriate to this peasant tale; her humor is as gentle as her rich, soft colors. All in all, a pleasing new version of a popular favorite. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 15th, 1991
ISBN: 0-8234-0863-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1991




MORE BY JOHN WARREN STEWIG

ChildrenNOBODY ASKED THE PEA by John Warren Stewig
by John Warren Stewig
ChildrenTHE ANIMALS WATCHED by John Warren Stewig
by John Warren Stewig
ChildrenWHUPPITY STOORIE by John Warren Stewig
by John Warren Stewig

MORE BY MARGOT TOMES

ChildrenWITCH HAZEL by Alice Schertle
by Alice Schertle
ChildrenTHE LAP-TIME SONG AND PLAY BOOK by Margot Tomes
by Jane Yolen
ChildrenHOMESICK by Jean Fritz
by Jean Fritz