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Bone Soup

Storytime

Bone Soup

Scott Bahlmann

modified from the story by Cambria Evans I've use this at a couple of outreaches, if the group it small they love holding the ingredients of the soup and adding them to the pot. The folder aspect makes it very portable!

The Finnigin piece was made from a couple of folders, colored paper, and felt. I cut a black base for the top jaw, and covered it with white paper which I laminated, then glued on the teeth and eyes. The inside of a folder was the overall base, with a slit and lower mouth cut out for the upper jaw to slide through. I added an upper body, the lower jaw and some hands inside the folder. Then I just glued on another piece for the pot and a circle of green felt for the swamp water! All the soup ingredients are felt pieces that can stay on the 'swamp water'.

Being nothing more than skin and bone, Finnigin had to live by his wits. He was known across the land for having a ravenous appetite. Everyone knew that wherever Finnigin went, he brought his gigantic cooking pot, and his gigantic eating mouth.

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A town soon heard that Finnigin was approaching, and they were not happy about it. In a panic the witch booby-trapped her jars of eyeballs. The beast locked his bat wings in a cupboard, the zombies put their frog legs in the cellar, and the mommy and other towns-creatures hid all they had to eat.

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(these characters were just copied from the book illustrations)

When poor, ever-hungry Finnigin came to town, he was surprised that it looked empty, but even more surprised that there was no feast! Undaunted, he collected wood from the forest and built a fire in the middle of the town square, then filled his gigantic pot with swampy water and set it to boil.

After a while, he took out a magnificent piece of bone, so old the edges were all dried up, and he dropped it right in the cauldron. He stirred the mixture singing

“Bone soup is what I make, a magic bone is all it takes. Boil it long and add some spice bone soup tastes to very nice!”

(Finnigan's mouth can open and close while he talks and sings)

One by one the creatures came toward Finnigin and the fire.

A little werewolf spoke up “I’ve never heard of bone soup before, but I think I’ll like it.”

“In some places I’ve traveled, it’s considered a delicacy. If only we had some spiders eggs. With spiders eggs, the soup would be very tasty.”

“I have some spiders eggs!” said the little werewolf, and he dumped them into the soup.

“Mmmm, now if only we had some bat wings. Can you imagine the flavor they would add?”

A beast mumbled “I have some stashed away, I suppose I could share them.”

Finnigin added them to the soup, and just as he said, the flavor was wonderful.

“Now, if only we had some frog legs, this soup would be fit for a king!”

The villagers were starting to get excited. “We have frog legs!” the Zombies announced, and soon they were stirred into the broth as well as the witch’s pickled eyeballs, some toenail clipping, dandelions, and dried mouse dropping.

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Finnigan declared the soup ready, and everyone enjoyed some. “Yumm!” Then Finnigin opened his gigantic eating mouth and swallowed up the rest of the soup. Sluuuurrpp!

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The Finnigin piece was made from a couple of folders, colored paper, and felt. I cut a black base for the top jaw, and covered it with white paper which I laminated, then glued on the teeth and eyes. The inside of a folder was the overall base, with a slit and lower mouth cut out for the upper jaw to slide through. I added an upper body, the lower jaw and some hands inside the folder. Then I just glued on another piece for the pot and a circle of green felt for the swamp water! All the soup ingredients are felt pieces that can stay on the 'swamp water'.

Thanks to Lisa at Libraryland for hosting this weeks Flannel Friday!