As It Happens

Bone Button Borscht: A seasonal reading by Barbara Budd

A little soup for Hanukkah. Our traditional holiday readings begin with the story of a beggar and button, in Bone Button Borscht by Toronto writer Aubrey Davis.

The former As It Happens host reads this story by Toronto's Aubrey Davis

Bone Button Borscht is written by Aubrey Davis and published by Kids Can Press. (Kids Can Press/CBC)

This is part of As It Happens' annual holiday reading series.

Hanukkah has begun, which means it's time once again for our annual reading of Bone Button Borscht by former As it Happens co-host, Barbara Budd.

The story was written by Toronto author Aubrey Davis, and it's based on the traditional folktale Stone Soup, also known as Wood Soup or Axe Soup, depending in which part of the world you live.

No matter the title, the story tells the tale of a hungry beggar who comes to town and in his search for food and reminds the townspeople of what it means to be a community.

Since 1996, the reading has become a tradition on As It Happens as a way to celebrate the start of the Jewish Festival of Lights.

Bone Button Borscht is published by Kids Can Press.