. Advance Publishing . Houston, TX ,
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PZ8.S4187 St 2014 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The back cover advertises this and the other books of this series as award-winning motivational character-building picture books. The overall series, Sommer-Time Story Series, has won over forty national awards. The front cover promises fun but mentions also compassion, citizenship, and friendship. This version of the story has three soldiers visiting a town of selfish people. Part of the stimulus for the villagers to contribute is to show up the silly soldiers for trying to make stone soup. The lesson that sharing brings happiness is nicely emphasized. The town even constructs a monument to commemorate Stone Soup Day. The best of the illustrations may be 26-27, which shows the whole town contributing to the meal. This particular series, Sommer-Time Story Classics, contains some twelve fable books. This library edition has a cloth reinforced binding and is very sturdy. There are also video and read-along versions of these books with sound effects, and there are free online helps too.