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Do you remember your favorite book from childhood?

Do you remember your favorite book from childhood?

I would read the Soup books by Robert Newton Peck when I was a teenager. As a younger child, I do not recall any.

Do you remember your favorite book from childhood?

I was never a reader or read much, one reason I was diagnosed as a teenager with a reading comprehension disability. I couldn’t remember things I read. Books never drawer me in, but my to go books where the Soup books about a boy nick-named Soup because when it was time to eat his mom would yell, SOUP! Around 30 later, that is all I can remember.

Do you remember your favorite book from childhood?
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Savoring Literary Delights: Exploring the Soup Books by Robert Newton Peck

This blog post is a digress from sewing and quilting for a bit.

When it comes to capturing the essence of rural American life, few authors can rival Robert Newton Peck. Through his captivating “Soup” series, Peck immerses readers in the timeless charm and eccentricities of a small Vermont town. With heartwarming stories, colorful characters, and insightful narratives, these books offer a delightful literary feast for readers of all ages. Join us as we delve into the world of the Soup books and discover the magic they hold.

The Soup Series: A Wholesome Literary Culinary Experience:

The Soup books, starting with “Soup” published in 1974, takes readers on a journey through the life of Robert Peck, a young boy growing up in rural Vermont during the 1920s and 1930s. Peck beautifully captures the quirks, challenges, and joys of his childhood, offering readers a window into a bygone era.

Unforgettable Characters: A Tapestry of Humanity:

One of the most remarkable aspects of the Soup books is the vivid cast of characters that inhabit the pages. From Soup, the mischievous and imaginative protagonist, to his eccentric family members and friends, Peck paints a vivid tapestry of humanity. Each character is brought to life with unique traits and memorable quirks, making them relatable and endearing.

Nostalgia and Rural Americana:

Through his evocative storytelling, Peck transports readers to a simpler time, evoking a sense of nostalgia for a rural American life filled with close-knit communities, traditional values, and heartfelt moments. The Soup books serve as a reminder of the beauty found in life’s simplest pleasures and the importance of strong family bonds.

Themes of Friendship, Belonging, and Resilience:

While the Soup books evoke a sense of nostalgia, they also tackle timeless themes that resonate with readers of all ages. Peck explores the significance of friendship, the search for a place to belong, and the resilience needed to overcome life’s challenges. These themes offer valuable life lessons and inspire readers to reflect on their own relationships and personal journeys.

The Art of Storytelling and Humor:

Peck’s storytelling prowess shines throughout the Soup series, as he weaves together tales that effortlessly blend humor, warmth, and poignant moments. His keen observation of human nature and mastery of dialogue make the characters come alive, leaving readers chuckling and emotionally invested in their stories.

The Legacy of the Soup Books:

Decades after their initial publication, the Soup books continue to captivate readers of all ages. Their enduring popularity is a testament to Peck’s ability to create relatable characters and narratives that transcend time. The series serves as a valuable resource for educators, parents, and young readers seeking engaging literature that imparts wisdom and celebrates the richness of rural American culture.

Here is a complete list of the Soup series books by Robert Newton Peck:

  1. Soup (1974)
  2. Soup and Me (1975)
  3. Soup for President (1978)
  4. Soup’s Drumsticks (1980)
  5. Soup on Wheels (1984)
  6. Soup Ahoy! (1985)
  7. Soup’s Goat (1991)
  8. Soup in Love (1993)
  9. Soup on Fire (1994)
  10. Soup’s Uncle (1995)
  11. Soup in the Saddle (1996)
  12. Soup on Ice (1998)
  13. Soup’s Best Pal (1999)

Each book in the series follows the adventures and misadventures of Soup and his friends and family in the small town of Learning, Vermont.

Most of those I didn’t know about either.


Robert Newton Peck’s Soup books offer a literary feast that satisfies readers’ hunger for heartwarming stories, unforgettable characters, and timeless life lessons. Through his evocative storytelling and rich portrayal of rural Americana, Peck creates a world that resonates with readers long after they’ve turned the last page. So, grab a cozy spot, a warm bowl of soup, and dive into this delightful series that celebrates the beauty of simple moments and the power of human connections.

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