As a child me and my sister spent a lot of our free time reading, and Saturdays and school holidays were spent with trips to our local library to get yet more books! And now I have so much fun sharing a love for reading with my 2 year old son (and his baby brother watches and smiles), which I’m hoping we do for years to come.
And so, when I first spoke with the lovely ladies at ‘Ten Thousand Bowls of Soup‘, I was excited to receive a copy and review this book with my toddler and I was expecting a nice little story book.
But we got a lot more than we anticipated, and this is so much more than just another nice little story book! The book tells the tale of a 6 year old boy who, 15 years later, travels to Greece to help people who have been displaced to a migrant camp. His job is to make soup. Every day, 10,000 bowls of it! And together they share a love for, and bond over, food.
This book touches on issues that increasingly impact the world we live in, and the world we are raising the next generation in. I often ponder about the future, and the world my boys will grow up in. Some of the most important things I can teach them is to be kind and tolerant to others, and to be giving and forgiving. And this book touches on some of these subjects in a fun and light hearted way. Perfect for conversation starters with little people, and a great way for parents, Carers, and teachers alike to hold meaningful and thought provoking conversations with children.
I do often find myself second guessing my decisions or how I’m disciplining my toddler, and often wonder how I’m going to raise my boys the way I want to. And it’s tools such as this book that will help me in the years to come.
What I love about this book is it’s not for profit, and all proceeds go to Médecins Sans Frontières who help to save lives in conflict zones, natural disasters and epidemics. What another great lesson to teach our little people about giving to others and helping those less fortunate. And, there’s even a recipe for some yummy sounding soup at the end of the book!
The book is aimed at children 5-8, but for now my little boy loves flicking through the pages and seeing the pictures, so I am going to keep this on our bookshelf for many years to come, but mums with school age kids will find this a great book for teaching their little ones some great morals and raising awareness to the world we live in!