A Halloween Treat: The Soup Bone

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THE SOUP BONE –  View on Amazon

by Tony Johnston; illustrated by Margot Tomes; published (1990) by Harcourt Brace Yovanovich

Need a good read?  Here it is: THE SOUP BONE.  An improved version of an old fairy tale, The Teeny Tiny Woman, which is highly repetitive and goes like this ….

Once upon a time there was a teeny-tiny woman who lived in a teeny-tiny house in a teeny-tiny village. Now, one day this teeny-tiny woman put on her teeny-tiny bonnet, and went out of her teeny-tiny house to take a  teeny-tiny walk. And when this teeny-tiny woman had gone a teeny-tiny way,  …..

… she comes to a churchyard where she finds a teeny-tiny bone on a teeny-tiny grave for a teeny-tiny soup for her teeny-tiny supper.  Whew! 

By contrast, THE SOUP BONE lets you breathe.  It’s rather fun and with just enough spook for the kiddies.

A little old lady lived on top of a hill.  It was Halloween. She loved that night. But nobody every came to visit her on Halloween. Her house was too high up. The little old lady felt lonely. And she felt hungry. So she put some things in a pot.

BUT:  ….There was no soup bone.  Not one.

Where could a soup bone be?  In the garden?  Yes!  And not one bone or two bones or three bones but many, many bones –  a whole ‘bone-a-fide’ bone-chilling skeleton!  It’s all boogity-booing and chattering and clicking its bad ‘n brittle teeth and scaring the little lady half to death.  But not to worry, that skeleton gets its comeuppance; the wee old lady has a dandy trick up her sleeve!

Definitely more story to it than The Teeny Tiny Woman, and I give it two bones and one thumb up – especially if read by candlelight.

In case you’re interested, here’s a nice ‘bone’-us for you:  links to The Teeny Tiny Woman, one illustrated by the celebrated Paul Galdone, and the other by the forever-and-forever-loved Tomie de Paola.


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