When Fox, a weary traveler, first shows up at the farm, the other animals are very hesitant to share their food with him. With the help of sheep, and a few small ingredients, Fox and the farm animals enjoy a warm and bubbling pot of stone soup in this wonderful retelling of the classic.
Stone Soup has always been one of my favorite stories. Its full of good morals about sharing, kindness, and food. Bonnings version stays very true to the original, replacing grouchy citizens with grouchy farm animals. The illustrations are full page and full of dark colors reflecting the evening time setting. The illustrations and repetitive text makes this book great for both a baby and toddler storytime. I used this book in conjunction with two other regarding food and cooking. The kids were the quietest and most attentive for this title. This book is also great to act out when reading (chopping vegetables, tipping into the pot, tasting the soup, sniffing the soup). Its a great way to talk about food, about sharing, and about cooking basic meals.