The Real Story of Stone Soup by Ying Chang Compestine

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A stingy fisherman always makes his three young helpers do all his work. One day he scolds the “lazy boys” for forgetting to provide lunch. “Don’t worry,” they say. “We can make stone soup.” The boys dig a hole and fill it with water and “flavored” stones. They trick the fisherman into making bowls and chopsticks, and fetching salt and sesame oil. While he’s busy, they stir in bird eggs, add wild vegetables, and slip fish into the soup. By the time the old man returns, they have a feast fit for a king. To this day, “Egg Drop Stone Soup” is a traditional dish in southeast China. A recipe is included.

 

About Ying Chang Compestine

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Ying Chang Compestine grew up in China and is the author of several cookbooks for adults and children’s books based on Chinese traditions. She lives in California. Stéphane Jorisch is the illustrator of several books for children. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.
 
Published January 18, 2007 by Dutton Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction

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Lining a hole with banana leaves, the boys start a fire and find: “a fish stone,” “a fine vegetable stone,” and—with “Uncle’s” help—“a yummy egg stone,” all of which are tossed in the fire.

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