Tuesday, December 1, 2009
This week at our Kindergarten co-op, Colleen had the kids reenact the book Stone Soup. There are several editions of this book, as the story, in various forms, exists throughout the Europe. We have a version by Jon J Muth which we've read in honor of Samurai Week, as this one is set in China and uses Chinese folklore in the characters of Hok, Lok and Siew. They are deities which bestow health, wealth & prosperity. In this version, the villagers have become suspicious of strangers and even their neighbors and won't help each other out due to famine, floods and war. The book shows the villagers learning to be giving and rediscover happiness. The monks trick them into this by making soup, starting off with three smooth round stones, and the villagers end up bringing everything else.
For the reenactment, we had villagers and soldiers. We had a big pot and put in the veggies and the rice, etc. Then the kids played outside for awhile as it cooked. It turned out very well & Elie loved it. So did Niles. Luca had mixed feelings about the whole veggie thing. ;) But it was a fun activity and we have some leftovers for lunch today!