Delicious!

Delicious!

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by Helen Cooper
     
 

Every day, Cat, Squirrel and Duck make pumpkin soup — the best you’ve ever tasted. But one day, disaster strikes — there isn’t a single ripe pumpkin to be found! So they make fish soup, mushroom soup and beetroot soup. But will the new soups be as delicious as their favourite? Duck doesn’t think so — in fact he won’t even

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Every day, Cat, Squirrel and Duck make pumpkin soup — the best you’ve ever tasted. But one day, disaster strikes — there isn’t a single ripe pumpkin to be found! So they make fish soup, mushroom soup and beetroot soup. But will the new soups be as delicious as their favourite? Duck doesn’t think so — in fact he won’t even try them!

Poor Duck gets hungrier and hungrier and grumpier and grumpier, until at last Cat comes up with a soup that might just be…delicious!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joan Elste
This is a cleverly-written story about the finicky Duck who will not eat any of the recipes Squirrel and Cat concoct for him unless it is his favorite, pumpkin soup. Absolutely nothing else will do. However, no matter how or where they all search for a pumpkin, none can be found. Cat even digs out an old recipe book to search for something else they can make. The three go fishing and cook up a batch of fish soup. "Scrumptious!" says the cat. "Nutritious!" says the squirrel. "YUCK!" Duck fusses. They go shopping and Duck does nothing but complain and whine to go home. Squirrel and Cat buy something quick before leaving for home: Beets. The best soup ever, thought Squirrel and Cat. Duck took one look at the pink soup and refused it. Then, he complained some more and went to bed with a headache. This is a really good book to read to the fussy child who refuses to eat certain foods. The insects along the periphery of each illustration distract from the main story but show a charming story in themselves and don't stand out enough to detract from the text. The ending is wonderfully different.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
Cat, Duck, and Squirrel are back in this companion to Pumpkin Sou p (1999) and A Pipkin of Pepper (2005, both Farrar). Disaster has struck the pumpkin patch-no ripe pumpkins for the animals' favorite dish. The friends decide to make something new to eat, but Duck is unwilling to try either fish soup, mushroom soup, or beet soup (especially offensive because it is pink). Cat tries to trick Duck by mixing a combination of veggies and ingredients that result in a broth that is the exact color of pumpkin soup. After a tentative sip, Duck declares it "Delicious!" and order is restored in the old white cabin. The story has universal appeal-everyone either knows, or is, a fussy eater. Readers will empathize with Duck, who is obstinate without being intolerable, and cheer for Cat and Squirrel as their patience and accommodation lead to eventual success. The illustrations are warm and rustic, and the layout does an excellent job of mixing full-page portraits and white space. A recipe for "Pink Soup" is included. This beautiful book is a must-have.
—Kara Schaff DeanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Cat, Duck and Squirrel from Pumpkin Soup (1999) and A Pipkin of Pepper (2005), return in another culinary adventure. Without a ripe pumpkin in their garden to make soup, they try recipes for Fish Soup, Mushroom Soup and Beet Soup, but when Duck sniffs each one, he howls, "YUCK! All I want is Pumpkin Soup . . . and that's not orange!" While the other two are taking a bath, Cat has a plan; he peels, chops and slices zucchini, tomatoes, carrots and corn and plops them into the cooking pot. When Duck peers into the pot, he says, "That looks like Pumpkin Soup." He sips and quacks, "This isn't Pumpkin Soup . . . but it's the best soup I ever tasted. Let's eat the whole pot!" Entertaining detailed illustrations, interesting page composition with sidebars of charming insects commenting on the action and rhyming phrases maintain the playfulness of characters and the childlike behavior. Preschoolers will enjoy the story while subtly ingesting the message of trying new foods. Recipe for Pink Soup included. (Picture book. 4-8)
From the Publisher
“Glows with jeweled intensity.”
Times Educational Supplement

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385604987
Publisher:
Transworld Publishers Limited
Publication date:
11/14/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.55(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 5 Years

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From the Publisher
“Glows with jeweled intensity.”
Times Educational Supplement

Meet the Author

Helen Cooper is the only illustrator to win the prestigious Kate Greenaway Award for two consecutive books: The Baby Who Wouldn’t Go to Bed and Pumpkin Soup.

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