Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup

by Helen Cooper


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Award-winning illustrator Helen Cooper brings a whimsical adventure of Cat and Squirrel, who almost lose Duck's friendship in an argument about preparation of pumpkin soup. Gentle storyline highlights the difficulties of losing a friendship. Included at the end is a delicious recipe for pumpkin soup.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780552556736
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Limited
Publication date: 10/15/2007
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 10.25(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.05(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 5 Years

About the Author

HELEN COOPER is the only illustrator ever to win the highly prestigious Kate Greenaway Award for two consecutive books: The Baby Who Wouldn't Go to Bed, 1996 and Pumpkin Soup, 1998. She has had several other successful titles published by Doubleday including Little Monster Did It! and The Bear Under the Stairs, which won the Smarties Young Judges' Award in 1994. Both are now perennial favourites in nurseries, schools, libraries and bookshops.

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Pumpkin Soup (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Tangraya on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
`Pumpkin Soup¿ by Helen Cooper tells the story of Cat, Squrriel and Duck. They all have their share of work to make pumpkin soup together until one day when Duck decides he wants to stir the soup instead of measuring the salt. Cat and Squirrel don¿t like this so Duck leaves in huff. He is gone for the whole day, leaving Cat and Squrriel to wonder what horrible things are happening to Duck alone in the forest. In the end, Duck returns home and the animals discover that maybe switching things up every once in awhile isn¿t such a bad thing, especially if it helps out a friend.The story itself is very cute and while it sounds a little cliché and diaditic, it doesn¿t seem that way when you are reading. The characters are interesting and for a short picture book, they have a lot of personality. The illustrations in `Pumpkin Soup¿ won the Kate Greenaway Award for Children¿s Illustrations and it¿s easy to see why. The paintings are very soft and muted but Cooper uses a lot of oranges and reds in the pictures so they feel very warm. Cat, Squrriel and Duck look so soft that you just want to reach through the page and pet them and their expressions and attitudes are very realistic. I quite enjoyed the extra effort Cooper put in the illustrations with a little ladybug and junebug appearing on every page, like the mouse in the Mercer Mayer books and each illustrations compliments and adds to the text. A very good book to read to your little ones, especially on a cold fall day.
Tiffany_Hanson More than 1 year ago
My 4 year old daughter just loves this book and she makes me read it just about every night since we got it.
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This book was purchased as a gift for a 4 year old boy who asked his parents to read it to him more than once. It was a good buy.
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jerryt175 More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend this book for children 3-5, cute story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend reading this story to young children. This book fostures the imagination. It is a great book to discuss getting along with others. Also, the characters are warm and caring. The illustrations are vivid.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my 2 year old and he absolutly loves it! It is a very cute book and it keeps my son's attention which is very difficult to do at times. I still have to read this to him ever night before he goes to bed even a month after halloween.
Cheryl_Abby More than 1 year ago
Reminds me of Stone Soup, from when was a child. I really like the illustrations, they go good with the story. The story keeps my daughter involved into reading.
Nickolet More than 1 year ago
Beautifully illustrated and the story had a wonderful & interesting plot that kept my son's attention. This book will be a part of our Fall traditions for years to come!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our family loves this book. We read it lots before bed and it reminds us everyone deserves a chance to try new things, we must share what's important to us with those who are important to us and it instills empathy with young readers who worry if Duck will ever come home! Our 2 year old is always a bit 'scared' when Squirrel and Cat worry Duck will encounter Wolves, Fox, Bear or Witches! Our five year old always delights in knowing Duck will be messy in comparison to Squirrel in stirring the soup. Everyone finds it interesting when Squirrel, Cat and Duck are fighting again even after what they have been through. Lovely book, highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It doesn't get any better than this: Simply amazing artwork for a beautifully told story about how hard it is to take turns and how love and friendship will prevail. And the perfect finish of this literary feast is a recipe for pumpkin soup, easy enough to prepare with your little ones. 'Pumpkin Soup' is the best you ever tasted. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My two four year olds love this book. We have read it over and over. It's the kind of book that even grown-ups enjoy. A lesson about sharing combined with beautiful illustrations and subtle humor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great story about friendship, getting along with others and sharing. It tells the tale with a sense of humor and feelings that everyone will relate to. The illustrations are beautiful.