The Puppet Pot Project – Thanksgiving StoriesPosted by Suzanne, on October 29th, 2009

Inspired by Laura Simm’s ‘Story Bowl Project’ a gathering of storytellers to raise money to feed the world….I thought the ‘Puppet Pot Project’ would be a good spin-off for us puppeteers. I thought right away of Stone Soup, and how a community was led to make a good soup for all to share, and of the magic cooking pot….Grimm’s ‘Sweet Porridge’, and the many international versions of a cooking pot that keeps on cooking….I have enjoyed doing many of these in puppetry over the years. One favorite celebration was presenting a puppet show of Stone Soup at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving Day. One class I taught did a spontaneous puppet show using kitchen pots, wooden spoons, ladles and other kitchen ‘characters’.

Here are more stories that have a magic cooking pot….great for the ‘Puppet Pot Project’ telling.

dePaola, Tomie. Strega Nona. Simon & Schuster, 1989 (25th reissue edition).
Galdone, Paul. The Magic Porridge Pot. Houghton Mifflin, 1979 (reissue)
Towle, Faith. The Magic Cooking Pot. Houghton Mifflin, 1975. (o.p.)
Aylesworth, Jim. The Full Belly Bowl. Illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin. Atheneum, 2001

San Souci, Robert D. The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Dutton, 1989.
Mosel, Arlene. The Funny Little Woman. Illustrated by Blair Lent. E.P. Dutton, 1993.
I would love to hear from you if you have other magic cooking pot stories to share.

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