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Fox Tale Soup

by Tony Bonning
Illustrated by Sally Hobson

Published by Simon & Schuster, 2002
24 pages
ISBN: 0-689-84900-1

Ages 3 - 7

A road-weary fox stops at a farm gate, but his request for a little food meets with flat-out refusal from the farm animals. Not to be put off, he calmly pulls a large pot from his backpack and sets out to make stone soup. The animals are taken in by fox's ploy, and eagerly provide him with a turnip, a carrot, a cabbage, and a sprinkling of corn, all the necessary ingredients to complement the flavor of a simmering stone. As expected, the end result is a pot of delicious soup, which fox shares with his unwitting benefactors. Vivid colors and cartoon-like animals add to the fun of this traditional tale. The language is simple and repetitive, well matched to the telling, and retelling, of a trickster on the make. CCBC categories: Folklore, Mythology And Traditional Literature.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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