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Stone Soup - by Jon J Muth (Hardcover)

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Highlights

  • Award-winning artist Jon J Muth retells the favorite tale of a selfish community who is tricked into creating a delicious soup from stones.
  • NAPPA Gold Awards (Ages 6 & Up) 2003 1st Winner, Children's Books of Distinction Awards (Picture Book) 2004 1st Winner
  • 4-8 Years
  • 9.31" x 10.32" Hardcover
  • 32 Pages
  • Juvenile Fiction, Fairy Tales & Folklore

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About the Book



An award-winning artist adds a Zen twist to a favorite tale. As three monks travel along a mountain road, they encounter villagers ravaged by harsh times, making them cold to strangers. When the monks entice them to make soup from stones, the villagers discover how much they have to give. Full color.



Book Synopsis



Award-winning artist Jon J Muth retells the favorite tale of a selfish community who is tricked into creating a delicious soup from stones. Set in China in Muth's hauntingly beautiful watercolors.

Three strangers, hungry and tired, pass through a war-torn village. Embittered and suspicious from the war, the people hide their food and close their windows tight. That is, until the clever strangers suggest making a soup from stones. Intrigued by the idea, everyone brings what they have until-- together, they have made a feast fit for a king! In this inspiring story about the strength people possess when they work together, Muth takes a simple, beloved tale and adds his own fresh twist.



From the Back Cover



Three monks, Hok, Lok, and Siew, journey along a mountain road trying to understand what makes one happy.



At once the monks encounter frightened villagers who lock their windows and darken their homes. The villagers have long been ravaged by harsh times, and their hearts have grown hard toward everyone they meet. But when the monks cleverly entice them to make soup from stones, the villagers discover how much they each have to give --- and how much more comes back in return.



With magnificent watercolors that invite reflection of deeper meaning, Jon J Muth combines his love of Zen Buddhism and Easter culture with a favorite old trickster tale that celebrates the power of generosity.



Review Quotes




"[Muth's] His respect for Chinese people and their culture makes this serving of fusion cuisine delicious and satisfying" -Horn Book

"Delicious and satisfying." -- The Horn Book* "With the same aesthetic grace he displayed with Tolstoy's The Three Questions, Muth here transports a classic tale to rural China. The setting not only allows his evocative, impressionistic watercolors to play over mist and mountains but also affords an opportunity for Buddhist underpinnings. ... And while the tale of "Stone Soup" can be told to make fools of the villagers, here it becomes an offering as generous as Muth's villagers turn out to be. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Muth's characteristic watercolor illustrations. . . are expertly done and convey a distinct sense of place." -School Library Journal



About the Author



Jon J Muth is beloved all over the world for his seven books featuring Stillwater the Panda, whose love and balanced approach to life always serve to make the world a better place for his young friends. Muth's many enchanting picture books include his Caldecott Honor Book Zen Shorts, Addy's Cup of Sugar, Stone Soup, and The Three Questions, which the New York Times Book Review called "quietly life-changing." His books have been translated into more than 23 languages and are cherished by readers of all ages. Muth draws inspiration from his life-long interest in Asian Studies, including tai chi chuan, sumi ink drawing, and chado, "the way of tea." Muth is also renowned in the world of graphic novels. He won an Eisner Award for his paintings in the graphic novel, The Mystery Play by Grant Morrison. He's partnered with Neil Gaiman on The Sandman: The Wake, Walter and Louise Simonson, and Kent Williams on Havoc & Wolverine: Meltdown, J. M. DeMatteis on Moonshadow and Silver Surfer, and with Stanislaw Lem on The Seventh Voyage which was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Adaptation in Another Medium. He lives in New York State with his wife and their four children.
Dimensions (Overall): 9.31 Inches (H) x 10.32 Inches (W) x .47 Inches (D)
Weight: .9 Pounds
Suggested Age: 4-8 Years
Number of Pages: 32
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Fairy Tales & Folklore
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: Hardcover
Author: Jon J Muth
Language: English
Street Date: March 1, 2003
TCIN: 11491379
UPC: 9780439339094
Item Number (DPCI): 248-05-3195
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.47 inches length x 10.32 inches width x 9.31 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.9 pounds
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