Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup

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9780399240171: Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup

Living legend Pete Seeger puts his own unique spin on the classic story of a soldier helping a village come together after the ravages of war. Set during the Thirty Years War, it’s the children of the village who add a little salt, some bones, and a few vegetables to the soup of stones and water, as their skeptical parents stand and watch. As they make the soup, the soldier sings: "Stone Soup is what you need/when you have some friends to feed." Before long there’s enough to feed the whole town— even the grown-ups!

A new version of a beloved story, Some Friends to Feed includes a brandnew song and CD recording by Pete, featuring both the text and the music. In no time, everyone will have fun singing along with Pete.

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Pete Seeger lives in New York. Paul Dubois Jacobs lives in New York. Michael Hays lives in Illinois.

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PreSchool-Grade 2–While versions of the story abound, most notably Marcia Brown's 1947 Caldecott winner (S & S), this lovely picture book is a truly worthy addition to most collections. The familiar plot plays out with only one soldier this time and it is the children of the town who are willing to help him. As the youngsters become more involved in the making of the soup, the soldier transforms page by page from a spear-carrying warrior to a man who looks very much like everyone else in town. The addition of a song will make interactive reading a pleasure as everyone can join in the catchy refrain, Stone Soup is what you need/When you have some friends to feed each time a character adds a little something to the pot. Hays's acrylic illustrations create a village that appears quite worn down, and the details are particularly effective. The artist's palette of muted greens and blues gradually takes on more color and life as the story–and soup–progresses. A note from the authors explains that this version of the story is set in 17th-century Germany.–Laura Eckley, Bronxville Public Library, NY
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