Our Story

Henry, with his caterpillar eyebrows and spidery legs, lost his smile aged six playing football with his dog, Tatty.  He found it again 15 years later helping to prepare 10,000 bowls of soup each day for the hungry and displaced who found themselves far from home, washed up on the beaches of Greece.


This picture book is aimed at children aged five to eight and encourages them to engage with their parents on the vitally important migrant issue that is beginning to define the times in which we live.


All profits will go to Médecins Sans Frontières, an international charity who are amongst the most respected participants within this complex and troubling arena. Ten Thousand Bowls of soup is a story of hope and adversity which shows how ordinary young people have made a real difference to the lives of those far less fortunate than themselves.

First, let me introduce you to Henry
Today he is six or seven years old
And already there are things you’d notice
That would make him stand out in any crowd
Things polite people would likely notice
But simply wouldn’t think of mentioning

The story tells how in 2016 Henry, now 23, travels to Greece to help out at a migrant camp.  The camp provides shelter for people fleeing conflict in countries such as Syria and Afghanistan.  Henry’s job is to help make soup, sometimes up to 10,000 bowls in a single day, for the people living at the camp. 

‘Dance boy, dance’ they shouted through their laughter
Bent almost double and holding their sides
‘Dance boy, dance’ in a dozen languages
Was the cry of the camp at suppertime.

Who we are

Henry is a final year university student. In 2016 he studied in Turkey and during his holidays helped in a migrant camp in Greece.

Ten Thousand Bowls of Soup Ltd is a company formed with the sole objective of raising funds for Médecins Sans Frontières, one of the foremost international charities active in this area.

The team behind the initiative all live within a few miles of Stroud, Gloucestershire and have been friends for many years.

The team includes a storyteller, illustrator, publisher, public relations consultant, web designer, teacher / composer and three musicians.

Preview and Order

Ten Thousand Bowls is available to purchase from Amazon in Book and Audio formats, priced £7.99 for the book and £4.99 for the CD. You can preview the book HERE

ORDER HERE

International Orders

Please contact us for international orders and pricing

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“Fun, quirky and moving. A brilliant idea. “

Nick Butterworth, writer and illustrator of children’s books

“Buying this helps build new lives”

Richard E Grant. Actor

News

Hi all you Soupies, I have been SO busy, I haven't had a moment to catch up with you all recently. As you know our launch was a huge success. So many people came to see me, I was overwhelmed, they of course stayed to hear the story, enjoy the wonderful hospitality of our hosts, Stroud Brewery, and of course buy lots and lots of books, Ross, Pip and I were quite exhausted signing all those copies. If you want to take a look at all the fun follow the link to our film, YES there was community TV, Oh my word how will I cope with the adoration? Over the summer we have been out and about spreading the word about SOUP, we were at the Refugee Festival in Bristol, a fantastic day, so much music and dancing, I was in my element. We were also to be found at the Stroud Fringe Festival. Ross and the team told so many people about our story, I doubt that now I will be able to walk down Stroud High Street without wearing a disguise. (Perhaps Hippo will lend me her tutu … what’s that Hippo, you worry it might be a bit tight on me? Poor deluded creature!) Anyway the really exciting news is that next week we are in London - Crocodile is beside himself, he has never been to the capital before, but he is not very good in crowds, he just gets so nervous. We suggested he tried smiling at people but that just seems to have a very bad effect on them and then he gets scared! Anyway we will be in Covent Garden on Tuesday night, with, or without, Crocodile! Then, dear friends, we have another festival, we are SO of the moment! Clare will be telling our story, and some others, at the Stroud Theatre Festival. I know you are all wondering about Henry, because he does come into the story nearly as much as me. Well he has had a hugely busy summer and is preparing to set off on his travels, such an adventurous person, I would of course have liked to join him but my publicists felt I needed to stay by the phone!

Monkey
Hi,
Monkey here again, I am so very excited because the wait is over! THEY ARE HERE, yeah!!! I am surrounded by books, books, books, books!! And they are all about me! I look absolutely fantastic!! I think Pip caught my best features, that’s pretty much all of me really.
Hi,

I am going to have to speak in a small voice because I don't want Monkey to find out I am writing this, you see he thinks the story is all about him, and indeed he does come into it quite a lot because he is quite a pushy sort of chap, though jolly nice. But actually it is also about US, Henry, Tatty, Crocodile, some wonderful new friends we met in Greece, and little old me.

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