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A Pipkin of Pepper

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A companion to the best-selling Pumpkin Soup
Duck, Cat, and Squirrel, the three animal friends from Pumpkin Soup, are out of salt, a key ingredient of their special recipe. Duck insists upon coming along with Cat and Squirrel on the shopping trip to the city. It’s his first visit, and he’s a little scared, but he forgets everything when he spots a pepper store. What if the
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 2004)
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Having not got on as well with Pumpkin Soup, Kerrie Dunn-Christensen (thanks Kerrie!) advised me to read this sequel and it's far superior in every way. Although the story, on the surface, is a simple one of going to the city to fetch some salt, it deals with early childhood fears such as getting lost and feeling out of place as well as the imposing nature of big placed and feeling small. Although there isn't much in terms of characterisation around Cat and Squirrel (or perhaps there is through ...more
I didn't like this one quite as much as "Pumpkin Soup" as I found it more than a little annoying that Duck wants to come to town, is told he had better not because he will get lost, but he pleads and assures he will pay attention so he is allowed to come--but, you guessed it, he gets lost and causes lots of fuss. Hrm. Still, the illustrations are absolutely adorable! :-)
Crystal Marcos
The second book in the series of “Pumpkin Soup” was delightful enough to make me want to continue reading the series. The illustrations were like the first; beautiful and vivid. I especially liked the city which reminded me about my first New York City experience at Christmas time. I held my now husband’s hand continuously that trip, because I didn’t want to be separated and get lost. The story was a bit predictable. Duck promises not to get lost in the city with Cat and Squirrel and Duck gets l ...more
Keshia Dahm
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listofbetterment
This picturebook was really great, what made it so good for me were the beautiful illustrations. So colourful, surprisingly every time you read it you can find something new. I also loved that the actual story was very simple and easy understood, however still captivating and exciting. A very relatable situation to a young child, beautifully illustrated with a happy ending.
Daisy Brown
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listofbetterment
This book immediately grabbed my attention through the detailed and eye-catching illustrations. The book cleverly uses smaller illustrations to accompany the written word so children may follow each step of the story even if they cannot read the text. The illustrations create a wonderful world which you feel pulled into by the reoccurring, full bleed pages. The pictures tell the story alongside the words and help to create a response in the reader. Who could look at the confusing, bustling, over ...more
Nov 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is the third book in a series about three friends who like to make soup. This story branches off and takes them on a trip to the city to replenish their salt supply. It's an entertaining story and has a good lesson on what to do if you get lost, but it was our least favorite of the three.
Maryam Fiaz
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: friendship
I really enjoyed this book... The sequel to pumpkin soup follows the three friends again as they go off to the big city to get some salt. But whenever duck is around you know something is bound to happen!! A very enjoyable book especially read to younger children.
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I just love this series of books. A fast paced story that has a lesson to be learned about friendship and the illustrations are worth framing. Absolutely adorable through and through.
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#Food #Pumpkin #Soup #City #Squirrel #Duck #Cat #YoungReaders #PictureBook #BookReview #ChildrensBooks #amreading When friends go to city to find salt, they have an adventure. In the end, how does pepper taste in the pumpkin soup?
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was while he was perusing the stacks last week that the jewel, “A Pipkin of Pepper-for the pumpkin soup”, caught my eye. After a quick glance, I thought it would be a perfect companion book for “Stone Soup”.

The premise of the book seemed simple enough. Three friends live in a small cabin in the country and are making soup. They are missing a key ingredient to make it the”best you ever tasted”, and must go to town to buy salt. In my head I am thinking; friends plus soup…Perfect! And it was, m
Jon Saunders
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
A cautionary tale of what to do if you get lost in the big city. This is the fabulous tale of Duck, Cat and Squirrel who head to the big city to get some salt for their pumpkin soup. After spotting a pepper shop and daydreaming about how tasty it will make the soup Duck gets horribly lost. How will he ever find Cat & Squirrel? And how will they ever find him?

This book is beautifully illustrated in rich warm colours and has an inventive layout that helps to bring the story to life. There is a
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: seasonal-fall
A Pipkin of Pepper was a bit of a disappointment in comparison to Ms. Cooper's prior book Pumpkin Soup, which features the same characters. Although there are lovely illustrations of our beloved Duck, Cat and Squirrel, the arc of the story line is not as poetic and graceful and the lay out of the text and pictures is much more scattered with the overall effect being of a book that is much more disjointed and less satisfying to read. My four year old does still love calling out "a pipkin of peppe ...more
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cat, Squirrel and Duck find themselves without a main component of their pumpkin soup and must visit the city to get more, but Duck has never been to the city and the other two are worried that if he goes he'll get lost. After some convincing, Duck finds himself in the city with Cat and Squirrel, but not without some hiccups along the way.

The illustrations are so fun and I love how the text and illustrations are integrated together on some of the pages.
The sequel to "Pumpkin Soup." Just as cute. This time we're taken to the big city. I love all the hints at food and spices, especially the enticements of pepper everywhere. Hilarious! I especially liked the whole salt and pepper thing because when I was little I used to think that the two were meant to be on equally. It's a good think I love both! The pictures were just as great with even more detail for interested eyes to follow. Would still work for a story time as well.
I am so charmed by the illustrations in Helen Cooper's books. My favorite detail in this one is the Mother Hen pushing a stroller with a baby chick and a half-hatched egg. The illustrations are definitely the highlight and it's fun to leisurely page through this book to see all of the details that add humor to the text. I'll have to remember to come back to these ones when my son is old enough to appreciate clever illustrations.
ESF Tsing Yi
A glorious sequel to the classic Pumpkin Soup, and A Pipkin of Pepper does not disappoint. This time, Duck wants to come along to the city, and of course, he gets lost along the way. More adorable illustrations, and friends finding solutions to problems. Marvelous!
Oct 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
When the animals run out of salt for their pumpkin soup, Cat, Duck and Squirrel head to the big city to buy more. But Duck, interested int he Pepper Shop, gets separated from Cat and Squirrel. LOST! He's sure he'll never see his friends again. But with the help of a new friend, the three are reunited and head home to finish their soup.

Love the illustrations.
Jan 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
While making pumpkin soup, the three friends have run out of salt. They take a trip to the city, and Duck gets lost. This is a wonderful follow-up to Pumpkin Soup. The illustrations are just as beautiful and vibrant, and add to the story in wonderful ways. The only thing missing was a recipe for pumpkin soup!
Fun book, but not my favorite. Not my daughter's either. I think there's too much happening on each page for her tastes.

Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Illustrations are rich and detailed. Love the vibrant palette!
Angela Oliver
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthropomorphic
Beautiful illustrations and a delightful tale.
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture, animal, food, city, bird
Shopping for ingredients in the city leads to getting lost and rescued.
Lance Cotton
Another great tale of need, loss, culinary delights and love with a great benevolent cop intervention at the end.
Ben Himmelman
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book for little ones.
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely follow on from 'Pumpkin Soup'. Another glorious read. These books always make me want to make pumpkin soup!!!
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