A sorry tale with a happy ending, by Helen Cooper, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal.
`Cat, Squirrel and Duck are three friends who make pumpkin soup together every day.
They always do it the same way, until...... they run out of salt and they go on a big adventure to the City, and things don't turn out quite as planned.....'
I was captivated by the book corner at a recent primary class I visited, in connection with helping young children cook, as part of my course.
The `Pumpkin Soup' books were the source books and `the corner' was alive with the shades of Autumn, and pictures and poems about the three characters, with amazing attention to detail.
`A Pipkin of Pepper', in particular, proved an excellent platform for the project and the children couldn't hide their delight in acting out their little pieces - it sure brought a tear to the eye.
I particularly noticed the flow of lively replacements for the word, `said', which the children really emphasised with apparent ease - e.g. `yelled', `pleaded`, `squawked', `quacked', `murmured`, `squeaked', `howled', `wailed', `shouted', 'bawled' and `clucked', and these words followed through into the written work too.
The 32 high quality page book is a beautifully illustrated, well written tale with a distinct message - the best thing to do if you're ever lost.
Simply delightful book - guaranteed to be a regular choice from the bookshelf!