Saturday, 30 June 2012

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

Pumpkin soup, the best you ever tasted,
Made by the Cat who slices the pumpkin
Made by the Squirrel who stirs in the water
Made by the Duck who scoops up a pipkin of salt, and tips in just enough.

What could be nicer? Three old friends living in perfect harmony, doing things the way they have always done them.  Then, one day, the Duck decides he wants to stir the soup!  Oh dear!  The three friends get into a terrible argument and the Duck leaves home.  At first the Cat and the Squirrel are glad he's gone, but soon they start to worry.  What could have happend to him?  Perhaps he's in danger.  Or, even worse, perhaps he found some better friends!

Helen Cooper is one of my favourite authors, and this story always makes my tummy rumble! Her illustrations are so delicious you can almost taste them!  Definitely a book to cosy down with by the fire on a rainy afternoon.  Preferably with a mug of hot soup to warm your cockles.

Activities and Discussion
There is only one sensible thing to do after reading this book and that is to make some delicious pumpkin soup of your own!

Helen Cooper has written two more books in this series: A Pipkin of Pepper and Delicious.  Choose one of these titles and write your own story, then borrow the books from the library and see if your story is anything like Helen's. 

Other Brilliant Books by Helen Cooper
  • The Baby Who Wouldn 't Go to Bed
  • Tatty Ratty
  • The Bear Under the Stairs 
Helen Cooper's Website
Check out Helen's Teachers Notes for ideas for more activities

Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Pumpkin Soup won the Kate Greenaway prize in 1998 and is published by Corgi Childrens

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