The Real Story of Stone Soup

by Ying Chang Compestine

Hardcover, 2007



Local notes

E Com




Dutton Books for Young Readers (2007), 32 pages


When a crew of Chinese fishermen forget to bring cooking utensils with them, they find creative ways to make do with what they have and what they can find.



Original language


Physical description

32 p.; 10.9 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member mrindt
Would make a great class read aloud book. Displays the Assian culture in a genuine manner and is a rework of the folk tale Stone Soup. In the story a mans nephews fool him into believing that they had made a delicious soup of stones.
LibraryThing member theCajunLibrarian
Instead of weaving the usual tale of a hungry soldier tricking stingy townspeople into providing him with the ingredients for a filling vegetable soup, Ying Chang Compestine tells the story of how hungry fishermen in Xi Shuang Ban Na use hot stones to bring their fish, egg, and vegetable soup to a
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The three Chang brothers trick their lazy boss into believing the stones actually turn into the ingredients. Charming and funny, this book is a fantastic way to teach a culture lesson.
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LibraryThing member Ms.Penniman
Retelling: This story is narrated by a man who believes that he lived the original story of stone soup. He begins by declaring that there were no tricks involved in the original story and goes on to explain how he discovered stones that turn to soup ingredients. His narration tells one story, but
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the pictures tell another. The pictures show how he was lazy and disliked by the nephews that worked for him, and how they tricked him into believing they could make soup from stones, when they were adding real ingredients all along.

Thoughts and Feelings: I appreciated the effective use of two kinds of irony in this tale. The readers had knowledge about the original tale that the main character did not, and the three servants had knowledge of the "real" tale, that the narrator did not.

The relationship between this tale and the original tale isn't obvious. I think this story is an example of how people might behave when one member of the community isn't making a contribution (the way the original tale celebrates) and is abusing those who are.
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LibraryThing member lekenned
A funny twist on on classic story of stone soup.
LibraryThing member rgraf1
I enjoyed this book a lot. It tells the story about how the stone soup was invented. The pictures are great and the story is totally entertaining and funny. Children will love this story!
LibraryThing member kwisem1
The key message of this story is how to make Stone Soup when working together as a team with limited resources.

I liked this book for a few different reasons. First, the characters are not only believable, but they work together to make the soup. The uncle made their bowls from thick stalk and
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carved chopsticks for each person. The three brothers helped dig the hole, gather the leaves, start the fire, and put the ingredients in. One stone was a vegetable stone and one was an egg stone. The plot is very well organized and written in chronological order instead of jumping all around.
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LibraryThing member AleciaDesselle
I have never read the original stone soup folktale, but this story makes me want to read it now! In this witty version of the stone soup tale, Uncle is tricked into thinking the stones of the soup magically created fish, eggs, and vegetables. Though he believes his three nephews are lazy and
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stupid, through the illustrations we are able to see the truth behind the story. This is a funny, great story.
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LibraryThing member rhigginbotham
A lazy fisherman tells the tale of the "Real Stone Soup". Claiming that his nephews are lazy and incompetent, when they are anything but, they teach Uncle a lesson on being a team player. They trick him into thinking they are making Stone soup out of magical stones, all the while making their uncle
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do all the hard work. Great story to teach children the importance of teamwork.
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LibraryThing member Jessie32
What a lovely illustrated story. The pictures felt so real and alive. The magical stone made a huge pot of soup for everyone with the help of everyone. Age- 2nd-5th grade
LibraryThing member melodyreads
Nice retelling of a slightly different story.
LibraryThing member jwesley
The Real Story of Stone Soup is about a lazy fisherman and three boys who make stone soup for lunch. After forgetting the pot they need to make lunch, the boys trick the lazy fisherman into gathering supplies to make stone soup. The story is a wonderful example of working together wihile including
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a touch of humor.
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LibraryThing member kkadal1
I enjoyed, "The Real Story of Stone Soup", the central message of which was that children can possess great wit and ingenuity, especially when dealing with self-important and oblivious adults. I liked the book for its believable characters -- particularly, the three young boys who tricked their
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uncle into believing they made soup out of nothing but flavored stones. I also liked this book for its engaging writing, as evidenced by the enthralling retelling of the three boys throwing a "fish stone", a "vegetable stone", and an "egg stone" into the hole they dug into the sand. Finally, I liked this book for its beautiful, pen-and-ink illustrations which enhanced the story by adding playfulness and meticulous detail to the writing. Overall, I think this is a well-written, engaging book that does an excellent job of retelling a beloved folktale.
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LibraryThing member Lauryn1025
The book, The Real Story of Stone Soup, is about a a fisherman who makes his three workers do all of his work. One day, he gets upset because they forgot to bring lunch. They decide to make "Stone Soup". They trick the fisherman into thinking they are making soup with actual stones but in reality
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it is real food. When the fisherman returns they have a large feast of stone soup made. The book contained large amounts of irony! It was funny that the narrator(fisherman) was thinking one thing was happening but the book illustrated something different for the readers. An extension would be to show the young people cooking soup for other people or possible showing how the fisherman's relationship changed with the young people. Maybe after this, he was more friendly towards them!
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LibraryThing member billiemarie77
this books is a book about a stingy fisherman who always makes his 3 helpers do all the work. One day they forget to make lunch and the stingy fisherman is mad, they tell him don't worry they will make stone soup. They put tasty stones in the soup and keep they stingy fisherman busy with
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bowls and chopsticks and sesame oil and other things and while he is busy they add bird eggs, vegetables, and fish to the soup by the time the fisherman returns there is a feast.

Personal Reaction
Although not a fan of the language used in this story. I love how the stingy fisherman does all the work while thinking his 3 workers are working hard. I love how the trickery in book is portrayed through the illustrations. I also loved how this book did help us to talk about name calling, bullying and feelings.

Classroom Extension
I would have the children make there own stone soup. Using good and bad words. They will have 2 pans and different words on pieces of paper and they have to decide if they want it in the good stone soup or the bad stone soup and we will talk about which soup they would rather have. We will talk about how words and the things they do can hurt people.
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