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PZ8.1.M173St 1986 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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Ann McGovern's text is copyrighted in 1968, while Pels' illustrations are copyrighted in 1986. The protagonist here is a hungry young man. Pels does fine work with both characters, the clever young man and the "little old lady" whom he encounters. In this version, he talks this woman into adding each of the ingredients, each for a different reason. When she will give him nothing, he asks for a stone. When she will not give that either, he finds a stone and asks her for a pot. Onions will make it boil faster, and carrots will make it smell better. She flips carrots behind her into the wheelbarrow almost like a center in football! Her repeated line is "Soup from a stone, fancy that." A final step comes when he declares that the soup is fit for king. She says "Stop" and sets a table fit for a king. Together they eat all the soup. Then the young man takes the stone out of the pot. "Why?" she asks. "It is not cooked enough. I will have to cook it some more tomorrow." As he goes off, he says to himself "What a fine supper I will have tomorrow." This is a delightful version!