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Pumpkin Soup

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  1,045 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Cat, Duck and Squirrel live in an old white cabin, with a pumpkin patch in the garden. Every day Cat slices up some pumpkin, Squirrel stirs in some water and Duck tips in some salt to make perfect pumpkin soup... until the day Duck wants to do the stirring...

A funny, rhythmical story about friendship and sharing, with fabulous animal characters, illustrated in glowing autu...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 18th 2000 by Corgi (first published 1998)
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Helen Cooper is a Kate Greenaway Medalist and, after enjoying her lovely, lush and humorous illustrations in "Pumpkin Soup" I can see why! This is a fun story, perfect for autumn. Rather than having a Halloween-focus, the tale is more about friendship and branching out from traditional roles within the group (and allowing your friends to try new things!) It will also make a fun read-aloud with things going KERLPUNK and affording the reader an opportunity to talk like cat, duck and squirrel! ;->...more
Being a bit of a rebel, I decided to read this very October-type book in the merry month of May...cuz that's how I roll. I keep librarians up at night. Lucky for me, the roll of the dice worked out, as I thoroughly enjoyed this romp with Squirrel, Cat, and Duck.

Everyone has his own job to do. Everyone is happy.

The three denizens of the old white cabin work as a united team in creating the best pumpkin soup in town. However, even the best teammates need a little time apart, especially when Duck...more
Lisa Vegan
Some of the illustrations were just precious (in a good way) and some I wanted to appreciate more than I did. They are unusual and wonderfully large. I think part of my issue was with the three animal characters. The soup, house, outdoor scenes were all lovely and/or spectacular.

This story of three friends is a sweet story about friendship, and about allowing friends to change, although I didn’t entirely get past a cat, duck, and squirrel being friends, what with my adult sensibilities that som...more
Crystal Marcos
I read Pumpkin Soup tonight. My Scholastic version did not have the pumpkin soup recipe! How disappointing. =( I love the illustrations! As a matter of fact, I had other books to read before this one and pushed the others aside to read it immediately. The beautifully vivid cover lured me in! I wanted nothing more at that moment then to read it! The artwork throughout the book continued the wonderful flow of the cover. I enjoyed the story of the three friends who live together harmoniously making...more
Oct 25, 2010 Ronyell rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ronyell by: The Picture-Book Club
“Pumpkin Soup” is a children’s book by Helen Cooper and it is about how three best friends (a duck, a cat, and a squirrel) all made pumpkin soup in harmony until the duck wanted to stir the soup and chaos ensures! For anyone who wants to read a hilarious book and want to know how to make Pumpkin Soup, “Pumpkin Soup” is definitely the book for you!

Oh my goodness! Imagine my surprise when I read this book! Helen Cooper has done an excellent job at both illustrating and writing this book as each ch...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Different - though the main characters are just as cuddly and fuzzy as their counterparts in most typical picture-books, the story and the rest of the illustrations are richer, more complex, intense, and even a bit scary (though it's a fall story, not a Halloween story). One illustration even has the characters squabbling so heatedly that the symbols for cuss-words are floating about. I appreciated the intensity and recommend the story - but you want to read it before sharing it with your tiny o...more
I would give this book 6 stars if I could just for the illustrations. Helen Cooper writes and illustrates such a good little story of learning to let others grow, missing someone when they are gone and so glad when they return.

I must put here what it says on the back cover:

"Readers will linger over each page, savouring the delicious illustrations...Energetic language with fresh images keeps the story bouncing along." - Starred review/School Library Journal.

I will be looking for more books by He...more
I really enjoyed this story, not only are the illustrations so beautiful and colourful, the story provides a very useful moral at the end, which is the concept of sharing. In the story there is a duck, cat and a squirrel who all live togather. Everyday the cat slices up some pumpkin for their lunch,, while the squirrel stirs in the water and the duck tips in some salt to make the perfect pumkin soup. until one day the duck decides he wants to do the stirring. This leads to an argument and causin...more
Cat, Squirrel, and Duck live together in a cozy white cabin. The three friends work together to make delicious pumpkin soup. Cat slices the pumpkin, Squirrel does the stirring, and Duck adds the salt. But one day, Duck decides he has not happy with his role and he wants to be head cook and stir. The friends must figure out how to adapt to change in routine and how to work out a disagreement.

I personally enjoyed the flow of the text and the autumn-toned illustrations. My favorite scene in the boo...more
Mark Rasem
An endearing story of the turbulent friendship of a bagpipe playing Cat, banjo playing Squirrel and a singing Duck. Other than a love for music, making Pumpkin Soup is another favourite past time of this unlikely trio of friends. Tensions arise within the group when Duck, dissatisfied with his duty of simply adding the salt in the making of the soup, leaves home.
After Duck being away for some time, Cat and Squirrel go out in search for their runaway friend. Unsuccessful in thrie attempts to find...more
Aine Mccarthy
'Pumpkin Soup' by Helen Cooper is a lovely, enchanting read for children. It tells the story of three animal friends; cat, duck and squirrel. Each evening they join together to make pumpkin soup in their lovely pumpkin-shaped house deep in the forest. Each of them have their own unique part to play in their nightly ritual and their combined efforts produce the most splendid soup. Then one day Duck decides he wants to stir the soup instead of adding the salt. This leads to a tremendous quarrel wh...more
Nov 18, 2010 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Though not specifically about Halloween, because this story is about Pumpkin soup and with the Autumn background and pumpkin patch full of pumpkins, Halloween is the perfect time of year to read the story. The tale itself was a pretty good one, with everyone wanting to try each other's jobs and taking each other's skills for granted. On the whole, it's a fun story to read aloud and would be a good precursor to a discussion about fighting among friends, different skillsets and wanting to try diff...more
Award-winning illustrator Helen Cooper brings a whimsical adventure of Cat and Squirrel, who almost lose Duck's friendship in an argument about preparation of pumpkin soup. Gentle storyline highlights the difficulties of losing a friendship. Included at the end is a delicious recipe for pumpkin soup. (Goodreads Summary)

Pumpkin Soup is a charming story about Fall & friendship, with a message about sharing, working together, & maintaining friendships. The engaging, detailed, expressive ill...more
A duck, a squirrel, and a cat all live together. Somehow, the duck is the reckless one. That aside, this is a fun read. Helen Cooper's art lush and vibrant; no surprise it won the Greenaway.
Matthew Hunter
The gorgeous autumnal illustrations alone make Pumpkin Soup worth a gander. Our 2-1/2-year-old loves ducks and squirrels, so she was happy. And Dad was intrigued by the duck's multiple challenges to the status quo. I mean, who wants to be stuck with the repetitive task of salting food anyway? At some point, I'd question the division of labor too and begin pushing to experience the stirring (squirrel's traditional role) and pumpkin chopping (cat's task) parts of the food preparation exercise. Lea...more
Kyran Delaney
This beautifully written and illustrated book tells the story of three friends who live together. Each friend has has their own place in the house with each knowing their job to do until Duck has other ideas. The wonderfully written text transcends from a warm family like relationship into a feeling of fear and loss without much difficulty. The book deals with a central theme of friendship and issues which affect this relationship; love, sharing, fear, loss and reconciliation.

The illustrations...more
Kahil St aimee
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The front cover lured me into the book, it looked mesmerising and made me savour all the illustrations in the book. This homely book would have anyone hooked. A tale about three friends and their pumpkin soup which is made in the same way ever day. The story starts off deep in the woods in an old white cabin as the cat slices the pumpkin up, the squirrel stirs the water and the duck just adds the right amount of salt. However, naturally they start to argue about everyone's roles, the duck wants...more
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Sally Deem
This book tells the cozy tale of a duck, squirrel and cat who live together inside a pumpkin. Life is serene, with each animal performing the same task to prepare their pumpkin soup for dinner every night. One day, duck becomes bored with his task and decides to take over squirrel's job of stirring the soup. The animals get in a huge argument that leads to cat leaving the pumpkin. Cat and squirrel become so saddened that they set out to find duck. When they bring him home, they allow him to have...more
A perfect book for the beginning of fall!
Lenore Webb
I also want to add in Macmillan Young Listeners' Book and CD set collection, Helen Cooper's ultimately endearing tale of friendship between a Cat, Squirrel, and a Duck: PUMPKIN SOUP. This one makes me think of my own Vanilla Pumpkin Soup that I make. And how it all comes together best when we are working on it together. I think the grandbabes will enjoy this as part of our Thanksgiving holiday. Cooper's luscious illustrations merge beautifully with this musical and animated narration, read by Ka...more
Cat, Squirrel and Duck have made soup the same way for a long time. Then one morning Duck gets up early, finds the soup spoon and declares that today he will stir the soup. Well Squirrel and Cat and none too pleased with this idea. Ruckus ensues as the animals fight over the spoon. Duck finally decides to leave as the other two won't let him help with anything. When he doesn't arrive for breakfast and lunch the others decide to go looking for him. They didn't find him. And when he didn't come ho...more
Violet Lewis
Reading this book to children, is a great way to teach the concept of friendship. It is a book that can be used to teach children several concepts. The book is a great example of teaching the children about developing and maintaining good relationships and working together as a team. It also helps the children learn the concept of sharing and taking turns! The illustrations in the book are very vivid!

Learning activity: LD5f: The children will dramatize, tell and retell poems and stories.

I will a...more
We're well into October and as my three-year-old, Sammy, keeps saying, "It's almost Halloween!" I hit the bookstore a few days ago and returned with this book. It has Sammy's seal of approval. Pumpkin Soup is a rollicking tale of three friends: Cat, Squirrel, and Duck. They live together happily in a little white cabin and every day they make pumpkin soup, the best you've every tasted! The Cat slices the pumpkin, the Squirrel stirs the soup, and the Duck measures out the salt. One day Duck decid...more
Hannah Burgess
This book tells the story of three animals who live together and always make pumpkin soup the same way with one another. One day the duck decides he wants to take on a different role and after a squabble the duck storms off and runs away. the other two animals hunt to find the duck and eventually he comes home, they try new roles and it is the best pumpkin soup that they have ever made.

I used this book with a year 2 class who were leaving some children out at playtime and not 'letting' them play...more
Lindsay Thieleman
I originally thought that this book would be all Halloweeny, but it actually isn't. The colors are what made me think this; there are a lot of oranges and browns used in the illustrations. But what this book is about are three friends: the cat, the duck, and the squirrel. These three live together and make pumpkin soup every night. Each character has their own very specific task when it comes to making the soup. But one day, the duck wants to do someone else's job. When the other two agree, the...more
If there is one children's book author I would recommend unreservedly, it is Helen Cooper. The storylines here are classic ones -- the fussy eater, the child who wouldn't go to bed -- but the illustrations knock the storylines clear out of the ballpark. Not just beautiful, and rendered larger than life, there's so much sideplots (ants funnelling a pot of uneaten soup down subterranean channels), hilarious sideline commenting (ants cleaning up spilt soup and bitching about it), minute characters...more
Helen Cooper is one of my favorite author/illustrators. I want to see her write and illustrate a portal fantasy or create a fairy tale set in Moscow or do a retelling of THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES.

She really shines when faced with representing the ornate and intricate.
Jade Saleem
Another one of my favorites!!! This book has beautiful illustrations that are eye catching and engaging for young childern. The book main character is a duck. The cat, squirrel, and duck all decide to make soem pumpkin pie. They did, ate it all up, and enjoyed the soup, but someone was still not satisfied, it was the duck. The duck wanted to take leadership in making the soup so sunk into the kitchen one night and made him pumpkin soup. The squirrel who always makes it was not happy. By the end...more
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