School Library Journal (01/01/2007):
K-Gr 3Tongue-in-cheek humor peppers this original tale that incorporates the stone-soup motif but is based on a Chinese legend instead of the European folktale. A fisherman complains that the three boys he has hired to work on his boat are "somewhat stupid" and "lazy" even though the illustration reveals that he is lounging at the stern while the boys toil. At lunchtime he barks out orders, "Ting! Gather firewood. Pong! Prepare the cooking pot and clean the fish." The cooking pot is missing, however. Undaunted, the young lads dig a hole in the sand for cooking and throw a "fish stone," an "egg stone," and a "vegetable stone" into a nearby fire. They distract their employer by asking him to make bamboo bowls and chopsticks while they add the real ingredients to the sand pot. When the rocks are added to the soup, the food floats to the surface. The unpleasant employer then claims that he can make soup from stones, but it is clear from the illustrations that the villagers know he's been fooled. The watercolors are in eye-catching shades of blue, green, and yellow, and are filled with motion and humor: a monkey imitates the jaunty walk of the fisherman, and pen-and-ink drawings meticulously detail whiskers and hair. However, the boys' faces appear stereotypically round, with slanted eyes that seem exaggerated. An additional purchase."Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA" Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2007, American Library Association.)
"A natural choice for folktale units."--Booklist
"Jorisch's bright watercolors cleverly extend the story, which, with dashes of humor and delightful classroom extensions, should satisfy kids and teachers alike."--Kirkus Reviews
Ying Chang Compestine grew up in China. She is the author of cookbooks for adults and children's books that introduce Chinese culture and food, including "The Real Story of Stone Soup." She lives with her family in California.
School Library Journal 01/01/2007 pg. 90 (EAN 9780525474937, Hardcover)
Booklist 01/01/2007 pg. 113 (EAN 9780525474937, Hardcover)
Kirkus Review - Children 01/01/2007 pg. 29 (EAN 9780525474937, Hardcover)
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 04/01/2007 pg. 325 (EAN 9780525474937, Hardcover)
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2007 pg. 392 (EAN 9780525474937, Hardcover)
Contributor Bio: Compestine, Ying Chang
Ying Chang Compestine was born in Wuhan, China, and came to the U.S. when she was twenty-three. Growing up in China during the lean years of the Cultural Revolution, Ying often dreamed of the kind of Chinese New Year celebrated in this book. Aside from playing with her young son and his friends, Ying loves to write, cook, eat, and travel. Consequently, she spends a lot of time writing stories for children and cookbooks for adults. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and son.
Contributor Bio: Jorisch, Stephane
adapted and illustrated by Stephane Jorisch