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Jan. 2, 2013 at 1:51pm Stone Soup

Have you ever read the story Stone Soup? Or Nail Soup? There are several variations, but in each story, someone who is hungry manages to get lots of people to pool their resources to build a yummy soup that feeds everyone and brings them all together.

You can try your own version of stone soup by letting your child help you choose vegetables to go into a soup that you then make together. And if kids choose the ingredients themselves, they are more likely to eat them! You can even incorporate some math skills as you measure or count ingredients. The basics are easy: just cut up the veggies and cook them in some broth. You can puree them with a blender or food processor if you want it creamy. If you need a little inspiration, here are some books to enjoy:

Cookbooks:

Blue Moon Soup, a Family Cookbook  by Gary Goss   j 641.8 GOSS

There’s a Chef in my Soup  by Emeril Lagasse   j641.5 LAGASSE

Vegetarian Recipes from Around the World  by Sue Townsend    j641.5 TOWNSEN

Simple Soups and Stews   641.813 SIMPLE

Vegetable Soups from Deborah Madison’s Kitchen   641.813 MADISON

Stories (and poems):

Little Bear  by Else Holmelund Minarik   jj 1-2 MINARIK

Mouse Soup  by Arnold Lobel    jj 1-2 LOBEL

Cactus Soup   by Eric Kimmel    jj KIMMEL

Real Story of Stone Soup   by Ying Chang Compestine   jj Compest

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown   jj BROWN

Ugly Vegetables  by Grace Lin   jj LIN

A Soup Opera  by Jim Gill   j kit GILL

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert   jj EHLERT

Soup for Supper   by Phyllis Root   jj ROOT

Mr. Putter and Tabby Stir the Soup   by Cynthia Rylant   jj 1-2 RYLANT

And a few in Spanish:

Sopa di Frijoles by Jorge Argueta   SP j811 Argueta

Sip, Slurp, Soup, Soup Caldo, Caldo, Caldo  by Diane Gonzales Bertrand   SP j BERTRAN

Sopa di Piedras  by Marcia Brown SP jj BROWN

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