Anaïs Vaugelade

Scrittrice e illustratrice

WHAT’S BREWING?

“A stone soup” is a fable written and illustrated by Anais Vaugelade nearly twenty years ago and recently discovered by Mauro Covacich. This fable’s setting is at night, a dark night in a village of animals, where a black wolf wanders with a rock in a bag and knocks on the door of an elegant chicken to ask her to cook the rock in a pot in her fireplace. To this day, this fable still touches a chord within readers, maybe because it’s intentionally suspended, able to keep us alert, and is open to many of our interpretations both as adults and children. It evokes different interpretations and different emotions, as Covacich writes in an intriguing reflection published on “La Lettura”, for those who read it as adults and those who listen to it as children. It remains, as it often happens to stories that win over passing trends, a story with all the right ingredients to put into play the will to crumble our most resilient stereotypes. A sort of restlessness accompanies us as we turn each page, full of light and shadows to unravel together, through dialogue. Introduction by Chiara Stella, teacher.

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