Editor’s Note

Often, the work in our issues is just as concerned with animals and the natural world as with humanity and civilization—not by choice, but by necessity: it reflects our contributors’ interests. But, in this issue, people and civilization (cities! cars! castles!) are the main subjects. Patrick Lusa’s poem “Numbers” captures the hustle and bustle of [...]

Editor’s Note


Twenty Questions, Twenty Answers

  Only ten minutes had gone by since the last rest stop, but to me it felt like an hour. My knee bounced. My leg jiggled. My fingers drummed out syncopated rhythms on the door handle. “Jennifer,” said my older sister, Ula. “Stop tapping.” I gritted my teeth and began slapping the side of my [...]

A Magnificent City

    I’m living in a magnificent city. In the morning, when the first sunlight illuminates the earth, the buildings seem to wear a beautiful yarn shirt. The world revives, people get to work. Cars make a beautiful picture, like a glittering lake. In the afternoon, flowers blossom, trees and grass make a marvelous photo. [...]

Two Princes

Once there was a beautiful kingdom called Galavor. Giant trees and impossibly green grass flooded the land like a smile on a baby’s face. The sun would always shine without a doubt, warming the vast kingdom. The king, King Charle, seemed reasonable and fair. His dark, stiff beard and squinty eyes created a wise and [...]

Gone Fishing

Chapter 1 I lay on my bed, wracked with worry. Horrible thoughts floated on my conscience. I buried my face in my pillow, my long hair spread over the silk. I tried pushing the thoughts away, with no luck. It was hard concentrating on anything these days. I had pushed my friends away, and spent [...]


  1 winter day at 2 in the morning there are 3 people sleeping as 4 owls are hooting before they go to sleep at 5 a.m. 6 in the morning and the owls have stopped hooting, 7 birds are chirping as they search for food. 8 dogs are barking, 9 cats are hissing as [...]

The Sky

  The sky seems endless. All of the birds fly in it. The huge blue abyss.  

Lady in the Willows by the River


Bird in the Clouds


Love Stone


Cranes and Christmas Tree


Shadow in the Sun


Portraits: A Multi-Artist Portfolio

Editor’s Note In visual art, a portrait is traditionally a painting, drawing, or photograph that depicts a person’s face. Before photography was invented in the 1800s, people would usually commission portraits of their friends and family so as to have an image of the person they loved. Important and wealthy individuals—like the monarchs in Europe—might [...]

Stone Soup Honor Roll: May 2019

Welcome to the Stone Soup Honor Roll! We receive hundreds of submissions every month by kids from around the world. Unfortunately, we can't publish all the great work we receive. So we created the Stone Soup Honor Roll. We commend all of these talented writers and artists and encourage them to keep creating. – The [...]