Bone Button Borscht

“It is a cheering experience to discover such a good picture book.”

Quill & Quire, Starred Review, June 1995


Aubrey Davis, illustrated by Dušan Petričić.  Toronto: Kids Can Press, Ltd., 1995.

On a dark winter’s night, a ragged beggar dreams of a warm hearth and a delicious meal—and sets out to find just that. In this retelling of the classic folk tale “Stone Soup,” a stranger teaches the poor villagers what can be accomplished with a few buttons and a little cooperation. With repeated reading and reflection, this bottomless tale could teach us all a whole lot more.


“Davis infuses his story with a playful good humour that will make Bone Button Borscht a delightful story to read and a rollicking good story to tell.”

Canadian Children’s Book Centre News, 1995



IBBY Honour List, illustration


Junior Library Guild Selection


Alcuin Society Book Design Award winner, First Prize


Notable Canadian Fiction for Children, Canadian School Library Association and Canadian Association of Children’s Librarians