Back to School with Stone Soup

Stone Soup Editors' Notes  /   /  By Gerry Mandel
Stone Soup Magazine
July/August 2017

School has started, the days are getting shorter, and the September/October 2012 ssue of Stone Soup is arriving in mailboxes all over the world. Did you have a chance to read yours yet? The beautiful cover, by 13-year-old Rajib Roy of Calcutta, India, depicts a fall scene of people going to market to sell their wares. We love how the two swaying  palm trees frame the scene and give it motion. Inside, you’ll find several stories and poems about nature. In “Tranquility Reservoir,” 13-year-old Billy Liptrot has a favorite spot by the water that he returns to in his mind whenever he feels overwhelmed. In “Discovering Opportunities,” 11-year-old Ocyin Davis is inspired by a horse to make changes in her life. The three poems in this issue — “Fall Night,” “The Jewel Case,” and “The Nature Walk” — all talk about nature: twirling fall leaves, shimmering pomegranate seeds, the sweet smell of nighttime dew. For something different, be sure to read the fantasy story “Adrin’s Chase,” by 13-year-old Arden Bastia. A young girl has lost her father to the wolf clan. Now the clan leader sends Adrin on a quest to find the owl diadem. If she fails, her own life will be in danger. Tell us what you think of the new issue. Did it give you some ideas for your own stories, poems, and artwork?

Gerry Mandel
About the Author

Back in 1973, I was one of the group of UC Santa Cruz students who put together the early issues of Stone Soup. It was my great pleasure to work on the magazine until I retired in 2017.

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  1. Isabel September 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm Reply

    I just finished reading this issue last night and still enjoy Stone Soup as much as I did when I was 9 🙂

  2. Louisa October 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm Reply

    wow this magazine is so cool and it has detail i loved the story with the girl and mother. very good detail the other stories and poems where creative.

  3. LiLi May 28, 2013 at 8:07 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh, I love, love, LOVE My Mother’s Little Girl. The relationship Angie develops with her mother is a heartwarming touch to her otherwise stubborn view… Anyways, The Jewel Case was a real treat for me. It inspired me to create poems of my own that seem to – flow together and slide off your tongue, you know?

  4. Katie June 30, 2013 at 4:46 pm Reply

    My Mother’s Little Girl is sister’s favorite.My favorite issue.

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