In this folk tale, a young man is hungry and tired and searching for some food. After stopping at an old woman’s cottage and his request for food being turned down, he asks for a stone, promising to cook soup from the stone. The old woman’s phrase, “Soup from a stone. Fancy that,” repeats throughout the story, as the young man outsmarts the woman into bringing all kinds of delectable additions from her garden and farm like onions, carrots, and beef bones. Young readers will enjoy the repetitive nature of the story, and following the young man through his unusual strategy of getting the food he needed.

Illustrated by Winslow Pinney Pels

Published 1968, Scholastic