Product Review: Stone Soup

May 22, 2015 by

Reviewed by: Michael F. Shaughnessy –

Every once in a while, some nifty, spiffy idea comes along and I get asked to review an educational product. Primary Concepts has this great- well, concept– that of providing a book with props…..I recently read a book entitled “ Stone Soup “ by Ann McGovern, illustrated by Winslow Pinney Pels , published by Scholastic. It is a story set in, a far off distant land, I assume, with a fine young man, who, well, like most fine young men, is hungry and is looking for his next meal. Anyway, he encounters a little old lady in a thatched hut who at first indicates that she can’t feed him, but, in the best Tom Sawyer tradition, the fine young man finds a way to manipulate this little old lady into the preparation of soup from a stone. Obviously, one cannot make soup from a stone ( at least I never have ) but one learns thru the story, that with a little bit of ingenuity, and cleaver talking, that a good soup can in fact be found.

Along with the story book (which is well and amply illustrated) comes a small batch of small objects ( what other kind are there ) which include , well, obviously, a stone, but also a bone, a carrot, a pot, some salt and pepper , an onion, some butter, some barley and a miniature little old lady as well as the hero of the story- a young boy. So, mom and dad, or dad and mom can “act out“ and enhance the language development of the child to whom they are reading. There are other stories in this series which will be reviewed in the near future.

This is a novel approach to teaching reading, as well as interacting with kids and developing their language. Primary Concepts can be reached at 800- 660-8646, and I am sure they will provide additional information about this Stone Soup and Story !

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