Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Stone Soup

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  1. Barry Carter

    Barry Carter said, over 3 years 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.

  2. scpandich

    scpandich said, over 3 years 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.

  3. nkbush1787

    nkbush1787 said, over 3 years 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!

  4. langchris70

    langchris70 said, over 3 years ago

    Ooh, nice!

  5. lisapaloma13

    lisapaloma13 said, over 3 years 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!

  6. wordymom

    wordymom said, over 3 years 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.

  7. Jon Allingham

    Jon Allingham said, over 3 years 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!

  8. Marie

    Marie said, over 3 years ago

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

  9. Jean

    Jean said, over 3 years 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.

  10. John Dohany

    John Dohany said, over 3 years ago

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

  11. harebell

    harebell said, over 3 years ago

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

  12. JDsg

    JDsg said, over 3 years ago

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

  13. dawnk777

    dawnk777 said, over 3 years ago

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

  14. heatherjasper1

    heatherjasper1 said, over 3 years ago

    My friend slaps my sister with her eyeballs.
    I’m surprised the grandma is letting Holly get away with cursing, or not even getting her mom.

  15. Mstreselena

    Mstreselena said, over 3 years ago

    Why doesn’t she put it in real world terms. Evie can explain that while they were building homes in Haiti they would need to figure out quantities for the supplies. In all of that devastation calculators aren’t really an option. Nails, boards, food for the workers, everything is MATH.

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