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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (August 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374317569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374317560
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 10.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—Cat, Duck, and Squirrel are back in this companion to Pumpkin Soup (1999) and A Pipkin of Pepper (2005, both Farrar). Disaster has struck the pumpkin patch—no ripe pumpkins for the animals' favorite dish. The friends decide to make something new to eat, but Duck is unwilling to try either fish soup, mushroom soup, or beet soup (especially offensive because it is pink). Cat tries to trick Duck by mixing a combination of veggies and ingredients that result in a broth that is the exact color of pumpkin soup. After a tentative sip, Duck declares it "Delicious!" and order is restored in the old white cabin. The story has universal appeal—everyone either knows, or is, a fussy eater. Readers will empathize with Duck, who is obstinate without being intolerable, and cheer for Cat and Squirrel as their patience and accommodation lead to eventual success. The illustrations are warm and rustic, and the layout does an excellent job of mixing full-page portraits and white space. A recipe for "Pink Soup" is included. This beautiful book is a must-have.—Kara Schaff Dean, Needham Public Library, MA
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Supper time, that universal family minefield, forms the core of Cooper's third picture book featuring Cat, Squirrel, and todderlike Duck, characters originated in her Greenaway Medal–winning Pumpkin Soup (1999). In softly brushed paintings of a cozy, whimsical woodland household, parental stand-ins Cat and Squirrel lovingly create substitutes for Duck's out-of-season favorite, pumpkin soup. Kerfuffles, hullaballoos, and other creatively termed uproars ensue as Duck refuses each offering, until a flurry of kitchen creativity begets a soup that meets the persnickety bird's approval. More accurate, perhaps, than ideal, the suggestion that whiny, sulky stubbornness gets results is somewhat balanced by a clever secondary narrative, in which beetle observers scathingly comment on Duck's misdeeds ("What a way to behave!"). Still, this lively read-aloud may be best appreciated by families beyond the picky-eater phase, whose reformed members can giggle as they recollect their own tableside mutinies. A recipe for Pink Soup (made from beets) appears on an extrawide interior jacket flap. Mattson, Jennifer

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The illustrations are spectacular - just like the other books in this series.
chicagomom
The rhyme makes it captivating for kids to hear read aloud or it can help them in reading it themselves.
E. Ours
Now "Delicious" has rounded out our collection, giving us all three books about duck, squirrel and cat.
Linda P. Kidd

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda P. Kidd on July 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought "Pumpkin Soup" for my 4 year old granddaughter last year around Halloween. It was a hit. We then picked up "A Pipkin of Pepper." Now "Delicious" has rounded out our collection, giving us all three books about duck, squirrel and cat. My granddaughter looooooves them! They are fun to read to her and the illustration are just beautiful. I hope Helen Cooper has more stories coming about cat, squirrel and duck.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EWS on March 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The 3rd in a series, this book is very sweet. The illustrations are works of art & bottom line, it makes my son happy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Ours on November 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful for getting kids to see all the wonders and secrets that books can hold. The secondary story of the bugs is amazing. It also adds a touch of adult humor. The rhyme makes it captivating for kids to hear read aloud or it can help them in reading it themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten G. Cutler on October 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Duck, Squirrel and Cat previously encountered in Cooper's Pumpkin Soup (Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998) and A Pipkin of Pepper (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2005) want to make pumpkin soup but they do not have a ripe pumpkin. They look in a recipe book and then make fish soup, and cat says, "It's scrumptious!" Squirrel says, "Nutritious!" but Duck says, "YUCK". They also make mushroom soup but Duck still says, "YUCK". Duck refuses to eat beet soup because it is pink and when the soup spills on the counter, the friends quarrel just as they did in the first book. A humorous parallel story shows some bugs enjoying the discarded fish soup and muttering about the waste, " Think of the starving poor" then drilling a hole in the kitchen sink pipe so they can siphon future discarded soup. The mixed media illustrations are brimming with color, movement and humor and the characters sparkle with personality. The three animals sit together and leaf through a cookbook, Squirrel and Cat rest their heads on their paws while Duck turns a page revealing a picture of a snail. The final double spread shows the three friends holding their spoons and happily sharing a big bowl of orange vegetable soup. A recipe for beet soup is included.
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By Nancy Culbertson on March 19, 2014
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The kids loved this book and it goes nicely with Pumpkin Soup and A Pipkin of Pepper. Great collection of books!
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Helen Cooper has written 3 books in the pumpkin soup series about cat, squirrel and duck. The illustrations are priceless and the storyline is great. Our favorite is still the first book "Pumpkin Soup," - I highly recommend you read that one first. But the two following it - this book "Delicious!" and "A pipkin of pepper" are also both great books! We read these stories over and over. They are classics.
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By Claude White on January 3, 2014
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I don't really know if Delicious or Pumpkin Soup came first, but this one reads like a sequel, not as fresh, a little forced. Part of Pumpkin Soup's success lies in the mysterious relationships of the three characters; there's not so much mystery in Delicious. The trio's troubles and efforts just seem grouchy, and a little ungrateful.
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