Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Book: Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper


Written and Illustrated by Helen Cooper

Read by Kathleen McInerney

**Book and CD Set**

Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal

The latest addition to Macmillan Young Listeners' Book and CD set collection is Helen Cooper's ultimately endearing tale of friendship between a Cat, Squirrel, and a Duck: PUMPKIN SOUP (August 2009, $9.99). Cooper's luscious illustrations merge beautifully with this musical and animated narration, read by Kathleen McInerney.

Listeners of all ages will enjoy this read-along; perfect for a bedtime story and for learning the simple values of friendship and sharing. Deep in the woods in an old white cabin, three friends make their pumpkin soup the same way every day. The Cat slices up the pumpkin, the Squirrel stirs in the water, and the Duck tips in just enough salt. But one day the Duck wants to stir instead, and then there is a horrible squabble, and he leaves the cabin in a huff. It isn't long before the Cat and the Squirrel start to worry about him and begin a search for their friend. Rendered in pictures richly evoking autumn, Helen Cooper's delightful story will resonate for a child who has known the difficulties that come with friendship. Included at the end is a recipe for delicious pumpkin soup.

Additional Praise for Pumpkin Soup:

“Enchanting...” -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Housemates Squirrel, Cat and Duck team up for activities . . . until Duck wants to
be Head Cook and stir the soup. The trio spats and Duck waddles off in a huff . . .
Coziness returns when they . . . learn to share . . . Readers will linger over each
page, savoring the delicious illustrations."

- School Library Journal, Starred Review

"A steamy mouth-watering triumph of a book." -- The Guardian

HELEN COOPER was born in London and is the illustrator and author of several children’s books. Helen won a Kate Greenaway Medal for her exceptional work in children’s literature illustration for both Pumpkin Soup and The Baby Who Wouldn’t Go To Bed. She currently resides in Oxford with her husband, author/illustrator Ted Dewan, and their daughter.

KATHLEEN MCINERNEY’s credits include both classical and contemporary theater, as well as television commercials, daytime drama, radio plays, and animation voice-over. Kathleen has leant her voice to the spoken word for the works of bestselling authors such as: Emily Giffin, Linda Castillo, and Judy Blume.

Written and Illustrated by Helen Cooper
Read by Kathleen McInerney

ISBN-13: 978-1-4272-0740-1
ISBN-10: 1-4272-0740-2


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