Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Stone Soup

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  1. Barry Carter

    Barry Carter said, over 1 year ago

    While I don’t think it’s necessary to teach algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus in grade school, I’m still appalled that Holly doesn’t know how to multiply.


    RWJAMES said, over 1 year ago

    @Barry Carter

    “I’m still appalled that Holly doesn’t know how to multiply”

    Yet, based on previous strips, she can be very divisive.

  3. scpandich

    scpandich said, over 1 year ago

    I still don’t understand why she’s doing her times tables. I know she’s an insufferable brat who needs to be smacked but nothing in the strip has ever indicated she was mentally backward.

  4. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    She just doesn’t want to do it. She can do it but she wants to spend what is left of Summer goofing off.

  5. nkbush1787

    nkbush1787 said, over 1 year ago


    Uh oh…don’t promote child abuse…you’ll get your comment deleted like I did last week…that Dr. dogood lady will lay some of her G-rated perfectionist attitude on you!

  6. langchris70

    langchris70 said, over 1 year ago


    Ooh, nice!

  7. lisapaloma13

    lisapaloma13 said, over 1 year ago

    Would washing her mouth out with soap be child abuse? I wouldn’t make her swallow, I promise.

    I mean, really! Talking that way to your grandmother?!?! Shame on you!

  8. wordymom

    wordymom said, over 1 year ago

    I don’t really get the whole times-tables thing. I’ve gotten the idea that Holly actually is a bright girl who just doesn’t apply herself because she’s so busy being 14. Multiplication drills are more the stuff of Alix’s grade, not Holly’s.

  9. Jon Allingham

    Jon Allingham said, over 1 year ago

    we’re getting off-topic but there seems to be a trend away from teaching the children to do math in their head – my son is 20 and doing reasonably well in junior level engineering calculus classes yet he is not particularly strong or fast at doing multiplication in his head. Too permissive with calculators these days!

    I recall in the 4th & 5th grades we spent a lot of time on timed tests in multiplication tables. it helped.

    All of that said, this is a comic strip – showing higher level math would complicate the strip. Enjoy it for what it is and don’t over-analyze it!

  10. Marie

    Marie said, over 1 year ago

    There is a website where she could practice her multiplication skills among other brain tweakers and help people get food ( rice )

  11. Jean

    Jean said, over 1 year ago

    I have a grandson going into the 5th grade and we spent the biggest part of the this last month going over and over his multiplication tables. He knows all of them but the 12’s give him a little bit of trouble and he has to think about the answer. Most of the others he can do lightening fast, which I have heard will be good because the first 6 weeks of 5th grade is a lot of timed multiplication tests.

  12. John Dohany

    John Dohany GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Holly, that’s an easy one! 84! Any fool knows that!

  13. harebell

    harebell said, over 1 year ago

    Edie’s shuffling flash cards when we’re not looking...8×6 or 6×8?

  14. JDsg

    JDsg said, over 1 year ago

    I foresee a lifetime career for Holly in the fast-food industry.

  15. dawnk777

    dawnk777 said, over 1 year ago

    How can she not know multiplication facts? My kids and I all learned those in third grade!

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