Twenty years ago, I penned a children's story about a little boy who loves pea soup so much that he ate a few bowls before naptime. It was so good that Gregory dreamt about swimming in a lake made of pea soup. While he swam, he ate all the soup he wanted. When he woke up from his nap, he was green! Even his teddy bear, Sammy, was green. His mother's remedy to get rid of his green was to make tomato soup. And Gregory and Sammy wondered how'd they look all red.
|Original illustration of them swimming in pea soup!|
That was the original story. I read it to my children and to the children at the elementary schools I worked for.
The idea for this story was inspired by my son Danny, who loved my homemade split pea soup, and his Cabbage Patch Doll...Sammy! In my story, my son's beloved doll became a teddy bear. But when I read my stories to classes in the media center as a librarian assistant, I would act out the stories with the real Sammy. He was a huge hit!
Last year, I rewrote the story for today's generation of kids. And now Pea Soup Disaster is available in print! This time, Gregory eats pea soup for lunch at school and his classmates make fun of how it looks. Ew. Bugs! Just imagine what happens when he turns green in front of them!
In honor of Gregory and Sammy, I am sharing a Green Pea and Potato Soup recipe.
But don't eat too much or you may turn green, too. Hehehe.
|Original illustration of Gregory and Sammy|
trying to wash away their green.
Green Pea and Potato Soup
1 tablespoon butter
1 medium-size yellow onion, chopped
2 cups of beef broth
2 cans of Campbell's Condensed Green Pea Soup
2 medium-size potatoes, peeled and diced
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
Dash of black pepper
2. Pour in beef broth and bring to a boil.
3. Add the two cans of Campbell's Condensed Green Pea Soup.
4. Add the diced potato, dried sage, and black pepper.
5. Lower heat to a gentle bubble, cover, and cook for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
6. Cool and pig out!
**Don't forget to share some with your favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal! ;)
And here it is...
Praise for Pea Soup Disaster:
“A charming and imaginative tale that can help children cope with being bullied.” – Sherry Ellis, author of That Mama is a Grouch
“A beautiful story about a bowl of pea soup and a teddy bear with a secret that shows the kids at school bullying is never fun.” – Beverly Stowe McClure, award-winning author of A Family for Leona
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