Stone Soup with Matzoh Balls

A Passover Tale in Chelm

An old man walks into the town of Chelm asking for food. The townspeople claim they have nothing to share, but the man explains that he can make enough food for everyone with just a stone. The townspeople are intrigued and watch the man as he creates a pot of delicious matzoh ball soup. As he begins to cook, he asks for one ingredient and then another, which the townspeople provide. In the end, they have unknowingly contributed to making a Seder feast for all to share!

  • 9780807576182
  • May 2015

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  • Tabataei’s gently funny drawings strike just the right tone of comeuppance, and have the look and feel of vintage Disney animation.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • The text lends itself to reading aloud, and the muted palette of the illustrations extend the story well. A good selection for folktale and holiday collections.

    - School Library Journal

  • This well-told tale will delight young children, who will catch on to the stranger’s trickery and the townspeople’s foolishness as they experience this old European folktale, now tweaked with a bit of Jewish flavor.

    - Jewish Journal

  • Glaser gives this traditional folktale a Jewish setting: the legendary village of Chelm…Tabatabaei’s round-faced peasants dress in traditional Eastern European garb, and foregrounded characters appear in sharp focus…a welcome addition to other variants of this tale.

    - Booklist

  • This gentle, community-centered tale is perfectly paired with Tabatabaei’s rosy-cheeked, round-faced, slightly cartoonish cast of townsfolk.

    - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

  • The text is written in such a way as to flow simply yet lyrically, showing the various personalities of the characters.

    - Library Media Connection

Awards & Accolades

  • 2015 Storytelling World Resource Award


    Common Core

    RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9 RL.2.1,2,3,5,6,7,9,10 RL.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10