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Overview

Cat, Squirrel, and Duck have a very serious problem: there are no ripe pumpkins in the garden for their favorite soup! They'll have to make something else, but while Cat and Squirrel are willing to experiment, all Duck wants is pumpkin soup. He won't even try a taste of the fish soup or mushroom soup, and the beet soup his friends make is the last straw— "I'm not eating that," he says. "It's pink!" Can Cat and Squirrel find a way to please their fussy friend?

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Overview

Cat, Squirrel, and Duck have a very serious problem: there are no ripe pumpkins in the garden for their favorite soup! They'll have to make something else, but while Cat and Squirrel are willing to experiment, all Duck wants is pumpkin soup. He won't even try a taste of the fish soup or mushroom soup, and the beet soup his friends make is the last straw— "I'm not eating that," he says. "It's pink!" Can Cat and Squirrel find a way to please their fussy friend?

This follow-up to the popular Pumpkin Soup and A Pipkin of Pepper is a perfect story about a picky eater, illustrated with rich, expressive paintings in which children will find much to discover—and it includes a recipe for pink soup!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A cozy, whimsical woodland household."—Booklist

"Entertaining . . . Preschoolers will enjoy the story while subtly ingesting the message of trying new foods."Kirkus Reviews

"This beautiful book is a must-have."School Library Journal

"Softly textured paintings include witty detail."

—Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374317560
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 8/21/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 410,242
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 10.58 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Cooper was born in London in 1963. When she was two, she moved to a country town in Cumbria, in the north of England, where people collected their milk in cans from the farm, and fairies seemed to lurk in the wildflowers outside. It rained a lot and there weren’t enough kids to play with, but there were compensations: beautiful countryside, horses, and lots of time to write stories, draw pictures, play the piano, and read. When she grew up, Helen trained as a music teacher because that seemed sensible. Then she played in a band, and got a day job painting posh china animals to make ends meet. In the evenings, she taught herself to illustrate.

 

Her first book was published in 1987, and since then she has written and illustrated many books for children, including The Bear Under the Stairs, Dog Biscuit, A Pipkin of Pepper, and Pumpkin Soup, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and short-listed for the Kurt Maschler Award. Helen lives with her husband, Ted Dewan, who also writes and illustrates books. They live in Oxford, England, with their daughter, Pandora.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    its delicious..

    my kids just love the story and even eat more vegetable soup then before! And the story is great so we could even make a home play out of it.... Great!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2007

    A duck who will only eat pumpkin soup???

    I like this book because the characters are making all sorts of different kinds of soups. There weren't any ripe pumpkins available so the duck who only likes pumpkin soup is disappointed. Soon the cat makes a soup that is orange to make the duck think it is pumpkin. The duck is fooled and ends up liking it better than pumpkin soup. I like that there is a soup recipe included. I think this book would be good for ages 5-8.

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