You may have heard of dinosaurs called carnivores that eat meat or herbivores that eat vegetables.
Meet Spiros — the first soup-eating dinosaur, an ‘avgolemonore,’ who eats ‘avgolemono’ soup.
“Spiros the Soup-Eating Dinosaur” is the creation of Mary Ciesa, a nurse practitioner and author from Akron, Ohio, who channeled a passion for her heritage into a unique children’s book.
Inspired by her mother Artemis and father Dr. Harry Papas, Ciesa created the 32-page book alongside illustrator Kristina Tartara, a fellow Akron native and member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
The book’s synopsis is as follows:
Spiros the village dinosaur feels awful—sneezing and coughing so loud he shakes the lemons off the lemon trees, and the villagers out of their beds. Even so loud that he shakes the onions under the ground! Thank goodness little Popi remembers a song with a recipe for the age-old remedy: Spiros’s favorite soup! Step-by-step, she and the village nurse rush to make it, hoping the cure will stop his blasting dinosaur coughs and sneezes before the village’s precious onions are launched out of the ground into the air and ruined! Then what would they have to sell at the market to earn a living?
“This is the delightful story of a clever girl, a small Greek village’s beloved but ailing dinosaur, and the rush to make his favorite avgolemono soup. Readers will have fun with this entertaining take by the author of ‘Dina Prima the Ballerina,’ especially those of Greek heritage who remember learning how to make this delicious, comforting soup from their parents and grandparents. And a recipe is included!” – Kathy Johnson, author & songwriter
“Love it! Great for kids and also had a wonderful Greek soup recipe! After you have read the book with your children you can make the soup together. Bravo to you, very well done!” – Thea Parikos, Thea’s Inn Ikaria, Greece
“Spiros the Soup-Eating Dinosaur” is available via The Pappas Post Bookshop. The book is also available via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart and other outlets.
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