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Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

Pumpkin Soup (edition 2005)

by Helen Cooper

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Title:Pumpkin Soup
Authors:Helen Cooper
Info:Square Fish (2005), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Fall, autumn, friends, animal friends, pumpkins, soup, arguement, taking turns, picture book, Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st grade, cooking, fiction, fantasy

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Different - though the main characters are just as cuddly and fuzzy as their counterparts in most typical picture-books, the story and the rest of the illustrations are richer, more complex, intense, and even a bit scary (though it's a fall story, not a Halloween story). One illustration even has the characters squabbling so heatedly that the symbols for cuss-words are floating about. I appreciated the intensity and recommend the story - but you want to read it before sharing it with your tiny ones. Oh, and be sure to buy a cooking pumpkin first, too, because the recipe looks oh-so delicious, and nutritious. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
This story shows you the true meaning of friendship. I love how even if they get angry with each other they forgave each other and didn't let anything get in the way of there friendship. ( )
  lruano | Oct 2, 2014 |
Pumpkin Soup is a cleverly told tale of a family of animals who all live together in the woods and have their individual responsibilities to take care of in order to make the household run smoothly, until, that is, one day when Duck decides that it should be his turn to make the soup, and leaves when not given the opportunity to do so. The illustrations are detailed, somewhat exaggerated, and richly colored, making the reader want to turn the pages to see what will happen next. This would be a great book to teach about the themes of loyalty, friendship, cooperation, fairness, and taking turns. I also enjoy reading it to my students during the fall. ( )
  SweetBeeBecky | Dec 3, 2013 |
It's easy to see why Helen Cooper was awarded the 1998 Kate Greenaway Medal - the highest British honor for children's book illustration - for this adorable picture-book! A delightful tale of three friends, their tradition of making pumpkin soup, and the contretemps which ensue when one of them demands that he be allowed to perform a different task, it is also a gorgeous work of art. An appealingly deep palette is used to create scene after scene of great charm, while expressive little details - like the faces the friends make, when arguing (or worrying), for instance - really enhance the emotional impact of the story.

Pumpkin Soup is apparently the first of a series of picture-books featuring this trio, followed by A Pipkin of Pepper and Delicious!, something I was glad to discover, as I'd like to see more of them! With lovely illustrations, and an engaging story, this would make an ideal autumn and/or Halloween selection, for the younger child that isn't ready for scarier fare. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jul 22, 2013 |
The Cat, the Squirrel, and the Duck live an old white cabin with pumpkins in the garden. They have their duty when they cook pumpkin soup. The cat will slices up the pumpkin; the squirrel will stirs the water and the scoops up a pipkin of salt, and tips in just enough. But one day, the duck and the squirrel argue to stir the soup. Then the duck decides to leave. The cat and the squirrel try to find the duck. This book helps children understand about friendship that we can share and take turns to do something together.
  Tien.Nguyen | Oct 17, 2011 |
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By the Kate Greenaway Medalist
Deep in the woods in an old white cabin, three friends make their pumpkin soup the same way every day. The Cat slices up the pumpkin, the Squirrel stirs in the water, and the Duck tips in just enough salt. But one day the Duck wants to stir instead, and then there is a horrible squabble, and he leaves the cabin in a huff. It isn't long before the Cat and the Squirrel start to worry about him and begin a search for their friend. Rendered in pictures richly evoking autumn, Helen Cooper's delightful story will resonate for an child who has known the difficulties that come with friendship. Included at the end is a recipe for delicious pumpkin soup.

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[The Cat and the Squirrel come to blows with the Duck in arguing about who will perform what duty in preparing their pumpkin soup, and they almost lose the Duck's friendship when he decides to leave them.].

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