Oklahoma Stone Soup
Times were rough back in the early days of Oklahoma Territory, and people didn't always have enought to eat. One day a cowboy rode into a settlement and began asking questions, as if he planned to stay for the night.
"There's not a bite to eat in the whole place," he was told. "Better keep moving on."
"Oh, I have everything I need," he said. "In fact, I was thinking of making some Oklahoma Stone Soup to share with all of you."
He pulled an iron pot from his saddle bag, filled it with water, and built a fire under it. Then, with great ceremony, he drew an ordinary-looking stone from a leather bag and dropped it into the water.
By now, hearing the rumor of food, most of the settlers had come to see what was going on. As the cowboy sniffed the "broth" and licked his lips in anticipation, hunger began to overcome their skepticism.
"Ahh," the cowboy said to himself, rather loudly, "I do like a tasty stone soup. Of course, stone soup with tomatoes—that's hard to beat."
Soon a settler approached hesitantly, holding some tomatoes she had gathered from her garden, and added them to the pot.
"Wonderful!" cried the cowboy. "You know, I once had stone soup with tomatoes and a bit of beef as well, and it was fit for a king."
The local butcher managed to find some beef. . . .and so it went, through potatoes, onions, carrots, okra, and so on, until there was indeed a delicious meal for all. The settlers offered the cowboy a great deal of money for the magic stone, but he refused to sell and traveled on the next day. And from that time on they reminisced about the finest soup they'd ever had.
LITERAL COMPREHENSION, INFERENCE, ANALYZE
Students should read the story above and answer the following comprehension questions:
Oklahoma Stone Soup Lesson (history of soup and soups around the world)
Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma State Department of Education