Stone Soup…and other stories from the Asian tradition {DVD Review}


“Just in time to celebrate Chinese New Year and learn about some of Asian culture’s best loved tales, Scholastic Storybook Treasures™ releases STONE SOUP…AND OTHER STORIES FROM THE ASAIN TRADITION. Highlighted by author/illustrator Jon J. Muth’s award-winning take on “Stone Soup”, the new DVD also features three other classic tales, as well as a Read-Along function which highlights the words as they are spoken, allowing young viewers to follow along with the narrators.

“Stone Soup” is a classic folktale about the strength people possess when they work together. The three other stories on the DVD include “The Five Chinese Brothers”, “Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China”, and “Stonecutter”. These colorfully animated adaptations of classic stories feature celebrity narration by B.D. Wong (Law and Order: SVU).
The DVD also includes a behind-the-scenes interview with Jon J. Muth, the award-winning author/illustrator of “Stone Soup”, “The Three Questions” and other popular stories for kids. Muth also illustrated cards for Magic: The Gathering.”

Stories on the DVD:

STONE SOUP (Written and illustrated by Jon J. Muth, narrated by B.D. Wong) An inspiring story about the strength people possess when they work together.

THE FIVE CHINESE BROTHERS (By Claire Bishop, illustrated by Kurt Wiese) A unique super-natural strength saves each of five brothers from trouble in this classic story.

LON PO PO (Written and illustrated by Ed Young, narrated by B.D. Wong) The Asian version of the classic fairy tale Red Riding Hood brings lessons about strangers, trust and courage to a new generation.

THE STONECUTTER (Written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott) Tasaku is a lowly cutter of stone who longs for power.

DVD Specs, Features, & Other Bonuses:

  • Interview with Stone Soup author/illustrator Jon J. Muth
  • Playtime Approximately 43 minutes
  • Read-Along captioning which is wonderful learning and teaching aid for pre- and young readers.


Overall Thoughts…

This DVD is great for teaching children about the stories commonly known by Asian cultured people. Stories support being generous, the importance of community, and to use caution in talking to and approaching those they don’t know! I thought all the stories on this DVD were winners and my kids thought so too! We really enjoyed this collection and are highly recommending it to any home or school video library! We are giving it five out five stars and telling everyone we know with children hoping they’ll add a little more culture to their lives and delve deeper into these fun tales!

Buy it: If you’d like to add this set to your own collection, you can order Stone Soup… and other stories from the Asian Tradition for $12.99 as of this posting. It’s also available for purchase on New Kideo as well.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products in exchange for my opinion of them. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.