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Noko, the porcupine, is very hungry. On arriving at a village, he asks the other animals for some food and shelter. But, despite their full bellies, all the animals say they have nothing to spare. Never mind: he’ll just have to make do and cook a pot of soup from the quills off his back – a soup so tasty even the king likes it. Once the villagers hear of his plan they offer just enough ingredients to make a soup worthy of them all…

This African version of Stone Soup celebrates generosity and kindness – and the message that we can all benefit if we share our resources. It’s part of our One Story, Many Voices series, which explores well-known tales told from different cultural perspectives.

Quill Soup has been awarded a White Raven and a Golden Island prize in NAMI Concours!

Quill Soup

£7.99 £5.99 (paperback)

UK only


Winner of Bratislava Biennial award (BIB) 2021!


From the dream team of Alan Durant and Dale Blankenaar comes a tale of friendship, sharing and trust.

One Story Many Voices book bundle

Five books: Cinderella of the Nile, Quill Soup (paperbacks), The Phoenix of Persia, The Secret of the Tattered Shoes, Under the Great Plum Tree (hardbacks)


UK only


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Meet the author and illustrator

Alan Durant

Alan Durant has written over one hundred books for children of all ages — from picture books to poetry to young adult thrillers. His picture books include the award-winning Burger Boy, Always and Forever and Dear Tooth Fairy. He regularly visits schools, libraries and festivals in the UK and abroad, giving talks and running writing workshops. Alan is married with three children and lives in Brighton.

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Dale Blankenaar

Dale Blankenaar is a full-time picture book illustrator and designer from South Africa. He has illustrated over 30 picture books (locally and internationally). Dale has won several international awards including the IBBY Honour list and the Publishers Choice Award at the 2017 China Shanghai International Book Fair.

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Read more about Quill Soup:


The Sunday Times

Remarkable for its original illustrations... incorporating the action into the pattern

Minerva Reads

Teaches about welcoming strangers and sharing resources

Red Reading Hub

Kaleidoscopic illustrations have a zestiness about them that is just right

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