Stage 1 below A1
These are two traditional stories around getting the ingredients to make soup. In the first one, retold from a famous version by Leo Tolstoy, who will help grandpa pull up a huge turnip to make soup for his family? In the second, of central European origin, how can a poor man make a delicious soup? Both stories have a strong strand of humour but underlying them are important messages about being ready to ask for and to give help, about the importance of teamwork… And about using your imagination and ingenuity.
Two Stories about Soup
Two Stories about Soup
Stage 1 below A1
Two Stories about Soup Illustrated by Gustavo Mazali
In this reader you will find:
- Games and language activities - A picture dictionary
Working as a team | Resourcefulness | Empathy | Helping others
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2 THE ENORMOUS TURNIP by Leo Tolstoy
One day a grandfather puts a little turnip seed in the ground.
Day and night he looks after it…
…and waters it.
He watches the turnip grow and grow.
3 One day Grandpa decides it’s time to pull up
So Grandpa pulls the turnip, but Grandpa says ‘I can’t do it!’
Grandmother is picking flowers in the garden. She sees Grandfather.
Can I help you?
So Grandma pulls Grandpa and Grandpa pulls the turnip, but they both say together ‘We can’t do it!’
Saskia is coming home from school. She sees her grandma and grandpa.
Hello Grandma. Hello Grandpa. Can I help you?
4 Saskia helps…
So Saskia pulls Grandma and Grandma pulls Grandpa and Grandpa pulls the turnip, but they all say together ‘We can’t do it!’
Saskia looks for help. The dog’s sleeping near the door. She calls the dog.
Baron! Baron! Wake up and come and help!
5 The dog helps…
So the dog pulls Saskia and Saskia pulls Grandma and Grandma pulls Grandpa and Grandpa pulls the turnip, but they all say together ‘We can’t do it!’
Saskia looks for more help. The cat’s playing with a ball. She calls the cat.
Puss! Puss! Stop playing and come and help!
6 The cat helps…
So the cat pulls the dog and the dog pulls Saskia and Saskia pulls Grandma and Grandma pulls Grandpa and Grandpa pulls the turnip, but they all say together ‘WE CAN’T DO IT!’
Activity Pages 1 THE ENORMOUS TURNIP. Circle the people in the story. Saskia • sister • grandpa • dog • brother grandma • cat • friend • baby • cousin • father mouse • mother 2 Match the people to their shadows. Write their names (you can use Activity 1 to help you).
3 STONE SOUP. Find the food words. You can use the letters more than once. o e
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1 __________________ 2 __________________ 3 __________________
4 Circle the people with the same colour as the food they give Tom. Number them in the order they appear in the story.
5 Act out the story of Stone soup. The characters: Tom, the man, the girl, the boys, the woman and narrators. (Note: you can add more characters and more ingredients to the soup!) You need: Tom puts the stone in the pot and sits down and waits. narrator
A man comes. man What are you making? tom I’m making Stone soup! It’s delicious! man Would you like to add some carrots? tom Thank you very much! narrator
A girl comes. girl What are you making? tom I’m making Stone soup! It’s delicious! girl Would you like to add some onions? tom Thank you very much! narrator
Two boys come. What are you making? tom I’m making Stone soup! It’s delicious! boy 1 Would you like to add some potatoes? boy 2 Would you like to add some beans? tom Thank you very much! narrator boys
A woman comes. woman What are you making. tom I’m making Stone soup! It’s delicious! woman Would you like to add a chicken? tom Thank you very much! narrator
Come and eat Stone soup with
They all like the soup very
much! man What wonderful soup! woman What delicious soup! girl and boys Yummy! Yummy! Yummy!! And they all sing the Stone soup song … Let’s make Delicious Stone soup! What have you got To put in the pot? Beans, carrots, onions And potatoes, too! Stone soup for me And Stone soup for you! narrator
6 Invent your own Stone soup. Choose ingredients, draw them in the soup and finish the song.
Let’s make Delicious Stone soup! What have you got To put in the pot? __________________________
And ________________, too! Stone soup for me And Stone soup for you!
7 Do you like the stories? Draw your face.
= I love the stories!
= I like the stories.
= I quite like the stories.
= I don’t like the stories.