Bibliographic Information: Giff, Patricia Reilly., and Blanche Sims. Spectacular Stone Soup. New York, NY: Dell Pub., 1989. Print.
Brief Annotation: Mrs. Zachary strives to make her students helpers and gain a sense of passion through coming together and preparing a stone soup.
Grade Level: 3
Readers who will like this: Students who are learning to be helpers themselves may see a bit of themselves in this story, and it could make their desires to become helpful appear more attainable.
Rating/ Response: 5 – This story embodies the attitudes of the students and will definitely allow the readers to form connections with the characters.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Who has ever felt as though their efforts to be helpful went unnoticed? Why do you think that was?
Reading Strategy: Free Choice (Chapter)
Rationale for strategy: This is a great book for beginning readers as they are attempting to build confidence with their reading abilities and work their way into chapter books.
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