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Author: Helen Cooper
ISBN 13: 9780374317560
ISBN 10: 374317569
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: 2007-08-21
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 32
List Price: $16.99

Cat, Squirrel, and Duck have a very serious problem: there are no ripe pumpkins in the garden for their favorite soup! They'll have to make something else, but while Cat and Squirrel are willing to experiment, all Duck wants is pumpkin soup. He won't even try a taste of the fish soup or mushroom soup, and the beet soup his friends make is the last straw— "I'm not eating that," he says. "It's pink!" Can Cat and Squirrel find a way to please their fussy friend?

This follow-up to the popular Pumpkin Soup and A Pipkin of Pepper is a perfect story about a picky eater, illustrated with rich, expressive paintings in which children will find much to discover—and it includes a recipe for pink soup!

Children's Literature

This is a cleverly-written story about the finicky Duck who will not eat any of the recipes Squirrel and Cat concoct for him unless it is his favorite, pumpkin soup. Absolutely nothing else will do. However, no matter how or where they all search for a pumpkin, none can be found. Cat even digs out an old recipe book to search for something else they can make. The three go fishing and cook up a batch of fish soup. "Scrumptious!" says the cat. "Nutritious!" says the squirrel. "YUCK!" Duck fusses. They go shopping and Duck does nothing but complain and whine to go home. Squirrel and Cat buy something quick before leaving for home: Beets. The best soup ever, thought Squirrel and Cat. Duck took one look at the pink soup and refused it. Then, he complained some more and went to bed with a headache. This is a really good book to read to the fussy child who refuses to eat certain foods. The insects along the periphery of each illustration distract from the main story but show a charming story in themselves and don't stand out enough to detract from the text. The ending is wonderfully different.