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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; New Ed edition (1 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552545104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552545105
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 0.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Three friends, Duck, Squirrel and Cat, join together every evening to make pumpkin soup. Each has their own very important part to play in the process and the soup is always delicious. Then, one day, Duck decides he wants to stir the soup instead of adding the salt. This leads to a tremendous quarrel which ends with Duck leaving in a huff. At first Squirrel and Cat are unconcerned by his absence, but as time goes by they start to worry about what might have happened to their friend.

This is a witty, observant and highly original tale about the ups and downs of friendship by award-winning author-illustrator Helen Cooper. As in The Bear Under the Stairs and The Baby Who Wouldn't Go to Bed, Helen Cooper has created a magical picture book from a familiar childhood occurrence. --Philippa Reece --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Pumpkin Soup, with its rhythmic text, syncopated layout, and rich and hot colour harmonies, is both a musical comedy and a visual feast. The trio are outrageously attractive characters and such is Cooper's command of technical effects, you can almost taste the colours, touch the textures and lose yourself in the autumnal landscape" -- Jan Doonan TES "Enticing" Sunday Telegraph "A portable work of art, glowing the rich colours of autumn ... A highly inventive, witty slant on a familiar theme of friendship and sharing which children of ages three and up will adore" Bookseller "Here is a story of friendship lost and regained, told with insight and understanding, not only as far as the characters are concerned, but as to how a picture book works ... The book is brilliantly constructed" Child Education "The stunning lustrous illustrations which accompany this story reflect its warmth, vivacity and humour" Books Etc.

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Format: Paperback
they always do it the same way, until little Duck thinks he's got a better idea.....'

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.
'Pumpkin Soup' was the source book and 'the reading corner' was alive with the green and gold tones of Autumn, and pictures/poems about the three lovable characters, with some amazing attention to detail even down to the bag-pipes!
It proved an excellent platform for a 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. 'squeaked', 'snapped', 'stormed', 'scoffed', 'muttered', 'sniffed', 'wept', 'whispered' and 'yelped', 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 - sharing and compromise - and don't we all know how difficult that can be at certain ages?

Simply delightful book and likely to be a regular choice from the bookshelf!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By "anfez" on 9 Jan 2002
Format: Paperback
I'm a children's librarian and I treasure this book. And my "story-timers" agree. The illustrations are beautiful--a real visual treat--and the story, how the best of friends can sometimes have disagreements, is so sweetly told even the youngest children are entertained. It's simply a wonderful book and Helen Cooper belongs up there in the Beatrice Potter pantheon.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 2000
Format: Hardcover
My three children (ages 3 - 6) enjoyed this book so much I've bought three further copies as presents for the children of friends,
A near perfect balance between text and illustration means this book appeals to readers and non-readers alike. The story handles the issues of friendship, sharing, co-operation and fear of loss very adroitly without at anytime impinging on the storytelling. The illustrations are rich with colour, detail and movement and really grab a child's interest.
Get the hardback version if you can, it's going to get a lot of use and you're going to want it to last!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Nov 2000
Format: Hardcover
What a super book, the pictures are terrific and the story is enough to keep any three year old entertained night after night. My little boy was in hospital when this book was lent to us and we read it over and over again until we went home. I've just ordered him his own copy for Christmas!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Mar 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful book which my three and a half year old son wants read to him "again and again" along with Helen Cooper's The Baby Who Wouldn't Go To Bed. The story is simple, examining friendship and the complex emotions that go with it. The pictures are beautiful, whimsical - yet full of detail. The lovely warm tones and colours in the artwork make the book a cosy relaxing bedtime read. I can not do it justice - except to say I think this book will become a timeless classic and would recommend it for any child.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By canmus on 28 April 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A lovely and original book.
Loved it because children can relate to it. It tells about the same mischif they themselves might get up to on any given day. Not only are the illustrations beautiful but the story too which is so important. A book that no parent will mind (too much) to read over and over again as is the custom for us poor souls to do.
A book I would keep for my childrens children.!!!!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan 2001
Format: Paperback
It was the front cover of this book that first caught my eye at our son's book fair at his local school. The pages of this book do not disappoint either. The illustrations are quite stunning, and have a tremendous warmth about them. As a parent, I am going to enjoy reading it for many years to come!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr J Searle on 16 Nov 2005
Format: Paperback
I am determined that I will do what I can to enable my children to enjoy reading as much as I do. These are testing times as kids TV and DVDs are far better than when I was a lad. That makes me sound old. I'm not. I'm 37 and a barrister. Because of my job I don't read too much for fun as I spend so much of my working time reading.
I decided from the outset that I would try to purchase books for my kids that I would like to read. That way I enjoy reading the stories and they pick up on my enthusiasm. Helen Cooper's books are really very good and this is my favourite. I should also say that my 2 year old daughter also loves it ! My view has nothing to do with the fact that the author looks quite foxy !
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