Cover image for Stone soup : an old tale
Stone soup : an old tale
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [1975?], c1947.
Physical Description:
[46] p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
General Note:
"Selected as a Caldecott Honor Book"--Jacket.
Reading Level:
AD 550 L Lexile
When three hungry soldiers come to a town where all the food has been hidden, they set out to make soup of water and stones, and all the town enjoys a feast.


Material Type
Call Number
Item Available
Book EASY BRO 1 1
Book EASY BRO 0 1
Book EASY BRO 1 1
Book EASY BRO 0 1
Book EASY BRO 0 2

On Order



Three soldiers came marching down the road towards a French village. The peasants seeing them coming, suddenly became very busy, for soldiers are often hungry. So all the food was hidden under mattresses or in barns. There followed a battle of wits, with the soldiers equal to the occasion. Stone soup? Why, of course, they could make a wonderful soup of stones...but, of course, one must add a carrot or tow...some it went.
Marcia Brown has made of this old tale a very gay book, a carnival of activity, of dancing and laughter. So much goes on in the pictures that children who have once heard the story will turn to them again and again, retelling the story for themselves.
A French version of the story is available under the title Une Drôle de Soupe.

Author Notes

Marcia Joan Brown, 1918 - 2015 Marcia Joan Brown was born in Rochester, New York on July 13, 1918. She graduated from New York State College for Teachers (the University at Albany's predecessor). She taught at Cornwall High School in New York City, where she began her writing career with the publication of The Little Carousel in 1946. She authored and illustrated more than 30 children's books. She won the Caldecott Medal three times for Cinderella, Once a Mouse, and Shadow.

Brown died on April 28 at her home in Laguna Hills, California, following complications of congestive heart failure. She was 96.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

This old French tale about soldiers who trick miserly villages into making them a feast won a Caldecott Medal when Brown retold and illustrated it in 1947. (4-7) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

In return for teaching some peasants how to make a delicious soup from stones, three soldiers enjoy a generous feast, a night of dancing, and the best beds in town -- what a bargain. Likewise, this inexpensive edition of Marcia Brown's 1948 Caldecott Honor Book is a real deal: not only do young listeners get a classic tale masterfully told and illustrated but they get to feel smarter than a whole village. jennifer m. brabander (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. Brown's version of the old tale about the soldiers who trick villagers who had denied them food into providing all the ingredients--except the stones--for soup fit for a king is simply told and illustrated with colorful action pictures that carry the story's flavor and underlying humor.