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DELICIOUS! by Helen Cooper

DELICIOUS!

A Pumpkin Soup Story

By Helen Cooper (Author) , Helen Cooper (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 18th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-374-31756-0
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Cat, Duck and Squirrel from Pumpkin Soup (1999) and A Pipkin of Pepper (2005), return in another culinary adventure. Without a ripe pumpkin in their garden to make soup, they try recipes for Fish Soup, Mushroom Soup and Beet Soup, but when Duck sniffs each one, he howls, “YUCK! All I want is Pumpkin Soup . . . and that’s not orange!” While the other two are taking a bath, Cat has a plan; he peels, chops and slices zucchini, tomatoes, carrots and corn and plops them into the cooking pot. When Duck peers into the pot, he says, “That looks like Pumpkin Soup.” He sips and quacks, “This isn’t Pumpkin Soup . . . but it’s the best soup I ever tasted. Let’s eat the whole pot!” Entertaining detailed illustrations, interesting page composition with sidebars of charming insects commenting on the action and rhyming phrases maintain the playfulness of characters and the childlike behavior. Preschoolers will enjoy the story while subtly ingesting the message of trying new foods. Recipe for Pink Soup included. (Picture book. 4-8)