Pumpkin Soup (Book & CD Set)

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Overview

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...

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Overview

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.

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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Kathleen McInerney reads Helen Cooper's warm and expressive text (Farrar, Straus, 1999), giving each character a unique voice...This would make a good listening center and fit in nicely with autumn storytelling." - School Library Journal

 

"This book and CD set is a nice gift to give this season." – MogulBaby.com

 

"Kathleen McInerney's narration is colorful, the music is lively and both add just the right touch to a little story of friends who fall out and then find a way to make it up." - Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Platinum Award Winner

 

"[Kathleen McInerney] voices Duck's discontent with a whine; Cat's despair over the missing friend with tears; and Squirrel's fear of searching in the wood with diminutive squeaks. The musical accompaniment complements the action. Pore over the lush illustrations while listening!" - AudioFile

 

"Housemates Squirrel, Cat and Duck team up for activities . . . until Duck wants to be Head Cook and stir the soup. The trio spats and Duck waddles off in a huff . . . Coziness returns when they . . . learn to share . . . Readers will linger over each page, savoring the delicious illustrations." —Starred, School Library Journal

 

“This is such a cute story about three friends: Cat, Squirrel, and Duck. My kids loved this story. What made it even better was the fact that this story came with a CD so my children could ‘read’ it over and over again.” – The Suburban Jungle

“The audio of Pumpkin Soup did not disappoint. Its lively background music had my kids dancing around the living room. Kathleen McInerney’s narration and the sound effects brought the characters to life.” – Tots 2 Tweens

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This enchanting story explores the ups and downs of close-knit camaraderie. Beginning with a peek through a window where Cat, Squirrel and Duck are making music together, Cooper (The Boy Who Wouldn't Go to Bed) invites youngsters into their cozy pumpkin-shaped home. There's a rhythm to their lives: each has his own instrument to play and his own duties when it comes to cooking their famous pumpkin soup ("the best you ever tasted"). But one day, Duck decides to be the stirrer instead of the salt pourer, and an all-out battle ensues. Here the warm golden glow that has permeated their dwelling turns an angry orange-red with paws, wings and "@#$!"s flying. After Duck waddles off in a huff, the remaining pair heads out to hunt for him--to no avail. In a charming time-lapse sequence, vignettes of Cat and Squirrel moping on the steps of their house form an arc along the side of a spread ("So they waited.../ All that long afternoon..."). Mimicking grade-schoolers everywhere, Cat and Squirrel next decide to carry on with the cooking, adopting a we'll-show-him attitude. Of course the soup is too salty and the repentant pals begin to imagine scary scenarios of where Duck might be. But Duck does return, to a warm welcome--until he suggests a turn on Cat's bagpipes. Thanks to Cooper's uncanny ability to capture the dynamics of friendship, children will be able to laugh at this trio (and themselves) and recognize that true friendship can weather most any storm. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Pumpkins ripen for Halloween, but this tale of good friends is fun for anytime. Cat, Squirrel and Duck live together happily and cook their Pumpkin Soup, "the best you ever tasted," until one day Duck tries to change the order of jobs. He packs up and leaves after an unpleasant argument. Cat and Squirrel, worried about him and the bad feelings, search for him in vain. When they find him waiting for them at home, they decide to let him do more as they all work together happily again, at least for a while. A rather simple story is transformed into a heroic saga by the artist's dramatic vision. We are introduced to the characters on the jacket/cover as they cooperatively share a big bowl of soup. Multiple vignettes and full pages depict the realistic, almost sculpturally rounded friends interacting, searching, despairing, all resulting from Duck's desire for greater respect. The final scenes of frantic soup making, and bagpipe celebrating leave the reader anticipating more friendly squabbles in the future. The final page gives the recipe so we can make our own Pumpkin Soup.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Three friends—a squirrel, a cat, and a duck—live happily together in the forest. They make the most delicious pumpkin soup in the world, and each has a specific job in preparing and cooking the soup. Cat slices the pumpkin, Squirrel stirs in the water, and Duck tips in just the right amount of salt. But what happens when Duck decides it would be fun to change jobs? Kathleen McInerney reads Helen Cooper's warm and expressive text (Farrar, Straus, 1999), giving each character a unique voice. No page turn signals are included. Occasional background music and sound effects enhance the production. This would make a good listening center and fit in nicely with autumn storytelling.—Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Cooper serves up a well-rounded tale told with storyteller's cadences. Pudgy housemates Squirrel, Cat, and Duck team up for activities including quilt making and music concerts, until Duck wants to be Head Cook and stir the soup. The trio spats and Duck waddles off in a huff. As the remaining pair search pumpkin patch and dark forest for their pal, they rethink their position. Coziness returns when they find Duck back home and learn to share at least cooking roles. Readers will linger over each page, savoring the delicious illustrations. Rich autumn colors and enchanting details on large spreads and spot illustrations embellish characterizations and setting. Energetic language with fresh images keeps the story bouncing along. Some may be troubled by the lack of closure on Duck's whereabouts during his absence, but the final comic page makes for a satisfying ending. The grand finale, of course, is a recipe for pumpkin soup. Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Cooper (The Boy Who Wouldn't Go to Bed, 1997, etc.) tries for a shaggy-dog story, whose details are less compelling than page after page of charmingly snug illustrations. Deep in the forest, in their squash-like abode, live three little creatures: a cat, a squirrel, and a duck. They are a harmonious trio, especially when they concoct their pumpkin soup. Cat dices the pumpkin, Squirrel stirs in the water, and Duck adds the all-important pipkin of salt. Then Duck decides to take over Squirrel's responsibilities. Squirrel tells him to take a hike, which the disgruntled Duck does. Without his touch with the salt, however, the soup is a disaster, and Cat and Squirrel just plain miss Duck. They set out to find him, fret, fuss, worry that he's been hurt, or worse, found new friends. When they don't find him, they return home crestfallen, where Duck is waiting. Both his earlier desertion and return fall woefully flat, but readers will be smitten with Cooper's smart and utterly disarming artwork. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427207401
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition, Unabridged
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 519,390
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Cooper has written and illustrated many books for children. She lives in Oxford, England.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    Love this book

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2010

    Pumpkin Soup...hmmm

    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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  • Posted December 14, 2009

    Very engaging story for children with great illustrations

    Highly recommend this book for children 3-5, cute story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2009

    Student Clapped After This Book

    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

    Posted November 17, 2009

    Very cute!

    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.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Cute

    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.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    We loved it!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2009

    Friends or Family they FIGHT!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2002

    Teach Taking Turns with a Magical Book

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2001

    Wonderful Story

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2000

    A beautiful storybook . . .

    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.

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