New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1947. Marcia Brown. First Edition. Pictorial cloth. INSCRIBED by the Author on an illustrated front endpaper (possibly to a close relative named "Muriel Brown"), 4to (10 1/4" x 8 3/8"), orange pictorial cloth with black lettering on spine & three soldiers around a large pot imprinted in black on the front cover, Mylar-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped) depicting a soldier with a peasant man & woman dancing around a huge pot (of soup)--all designed by Marcia Brown,  pages. Fine / Fine. Item #3392
INSCRIBED by the Author "A handy recipe / for Muriel W. Brown / [signed] Marcia Brown" Was Marcia, a niece perhaps?
Marcia Brown (b.1918) is an American author. translator, and illustrator of children's books. She has won three Caldecott Medals and six have been Caldecott Honor Books, out of some 30 books she has been creatively involved with. STONE SOUP was the first book of many that revived folk and fairy tales that she illustrated.--Silvey, ed., Children's Books & Their Creators, p.93f.
Received the CALDECOTT MEDAL for 1948!
Three hungry soldiers returning from Napoleonic wars seek comfort and food from pinchpenny French villagers, who unwittingly provide loads of extra nutritious ingredients for the soldiers' "stone soup" after being tricked by the comrades. A French version was entitled Une Drôle de Soupe.
RARISSIMA SIGNED or INSCRIBED; fresh, clean, bright copy, nearly like new.