rubbed his grumbling belly as he rode into the town of Skinflint.
'I'm so hungry I could eat a boiled boot.'"
by David Davis
Kids Wings Top Flight Book
2012 Caldecott Honor Book
Slim and his grandson, Luis, are hungry and broke when they
ride into Skinflint. Neither one of them have a peso. Luis
looks at his abuelo and nods.
haven't gone far when the sheriff of Skinflint stops them.
"We don't allow no saddle tramps in Skinflint. You
two need to git out of town."
points out that they didn't come for a handout. They had
come to Skinflint to treat the good folks to a pot of fandango
bean stew! At that, he pulls out a small bean from his pocket
and holds it high up in the air. "This here is the
fandango bean. It will make fandango bean stew." The
sheriff doesn't believe him, and neither did the mayor who
has moseyed over with the owner of the town store.
though they declare"these hombres loco," Slim
is able to borrow the big iron kettle from the store owner,
some salt and pepper from the banker, an onion from the
blacksmith's wife, some potatoes from the lawyer, and more
from other townsfolk. Each time an ingredient is added,
the contributors sang the "fandango bean stew song"
with Slim and Luis. Before long, they were singing in 47-part
harmony. (You will probably want to chime in, too.)
Stew by David Davis
is a Western spin-off of "Stone Soup" complete
with boots and saddles, horses and sheriff. Pair it with
Ugly Stew by Lisa Wheeler
and you'll have a whopper of a literary feast, right there
in your classroom! Invite students to compare and contrast
the two stories to build academic skills. The activities
in the Kids Wings literature guide will extend other skills,
too, through discussions, drama, problem solving, exploring
new Spanish vocabulary, menu-making, and logic. Want to
have some classroom fun? Bring in three "stone soup"
spin-offs the best in award-winning, authentic picture books,
add Kids Wings activities already prepared for you, and
wah-la you have kids who become avid readers, writers, cooperators,
and motivated learners! What more can you add to this stew?
How about laughter?