Jesus spent a lot of time eating with others. He often broke down the barriers between people by associating with individuals who were excluded from other gatherings. The spiritual practice of hospitality was one of his great gifts to humanity. It is warmly celebrated in this wonderful children's book aimed at readers from 4 - 8 years of age. It is written by Eiko Kadono, a Japanese author and illustrated by Satomi Ichikawa.
After Grandma dies, Grandpa sits in his chair and has no energy to do anything. One day he decides to make the meatball soup that she used to make. He starts out simply and shares the results with three hungry mice. The soup isn't quite as good as his wife's, so he purchases more ingredients. This time three mice and a cat come for dinner. Grandpa keeps adding things to the meatball soup and extending the circle of guests to include a dog and ten children. In the process, he moves beyond his grief by connecting with others and creating a grateful community around him.
Grandpa's Soup is a delightful children's book that is simple, elegant, and richly spiritual.