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Pumpkin Soup Paperback – 1 Oct 1999
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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 --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Library Binding.
"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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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.!!!!
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!
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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