Marcia Brown. Stone Soup (1947).
Books like this one are not only fascinating stories but possess a capacity for allusion and connection that put them on a yet higher plane of usefulness. I want my children to be familiar with a great many of these teaching tales as they learn to think and evaluate for themselves. This classic book, really in the nature of a fable, was one of my favorites as a child. I was delighted to find that it still is.
Reading Strategy: None really, but introduction to the idea that a plot involves a change that occurs
Coordinating Weekly Activities:
- marching like soldiers
- collecting stones
- finding someone in need to share with or host
Read Stone Soup and discuss
(Why did the peasants tell the soldiers they hadn’t any food? How did the soldiers get them to change their minds?)
Color the ingredients of stone soup and cut them out, glue onto a black construction paper “pot”
Reread Stone Soup
List the ingredients of stone soup
Shop together and put them in the basket
Collect and scrub three stones
Make “stone soup” together for lunch or dinner for the family
Reread Stone Soup with everyone