Thursday, October 21, 2010

Review Thursday: Nail Soup by Eric Maddern and Paul Hess

Nail Soup
by Eric Maddern and Paul Hess
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books 2009
ISBN-10: 1847800297
ISBN-13: 978-1847800299
Price: RM 35.40

This is a Swedish folktale retold by Maddern.  A traveler asks a sour old woman in the forest for shelter, and is given a space on the floor in a grudging manner.  However, he charms his hostess by telling her he'll make nail soup - and then persuades her step by step to cook for him.  

What's nice is that this story can be read as a funny tale or a moral one.  Also, the illustrations are bold and striking.  I think I would have liked this when I was little; it's worth checking out.


Brian said...

I'll bet that soup has a bite to it!

Admiral Hestorb said...

I lobe Brian's comment. =^..^=

I like stories like that even as an adult does mommy.

Admiral Hestorb said...

Oops...LOVE not lobe. Lobe sounds rather brainy. :-)

~CovertOperations78~ said...

I read this before in the Children's Britannica as "Stone Soup"! An absolutely charming story.