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Stone Soup Books Ingram | Alder & Alouette
Stone Soup Books Ingram | Alder & Alouette

Stone Soup, the Marcia Brown Version

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Stone Soup by Marcia Brown is one of those books that has stood the test of time and still remains just as popular today as when it was fits published in 1947.

Three soldiers came marching down the road towards a French village. The peasants seeing them coming, suddenly became very busy, for soldiers are often hungry. So all the food was hidden under mattresses or in barns. There followed a battle of wits, with the soldiers equal to the occasion. Stone soup? Why, of course, they could make a wonderful soup of stones...but, of course, one must add a carrot or two...an onion…some meat...so it went.

Marcia Brown has made of this old tale a fun book of dancing and laughter. So much goes on in the pictures that children who have once heard the story will turn to them again and again, retelling the story for themselves.

A Spanish version of the story is available under the title Sopa de Piedras.


  • Caldecott Medal | Honor Book | Picture Book | 1948 - 1948
  • ALA Notable Children’s Book


  • Written and illustrated by Marcia Brown.
  • Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, January 1, 1997 (1947) (Hardcover), Aladdin Paperbacks, August 1, 1947 (English Softcover) and Lectorum Publications March 1, 1996.
  • Ages 4 to 7 years
  • Hardcover: 0.5" H x 10.4" L x 7.9" W (0.8 lbs) 48 pages
  • Softcover English: 0.3" H x 9.8" L x 7.5" W (0.3 lbs) 48 pages
  • Softcover Spanish: 0.15" H x 10.08" L x 7.68" W (0.32 lbs) 48 pages