Book Review: Pumpkin Soup, by Helen Cooper.

Posted by Thien-Kim Lam in Blog on Wed, Nov 23, 2011

Since my personal obsession is not enough, I’m attempting to share the love of pumpkins with my kids as well. With the Pumpkin Soup book and CD set by Helen Cooper (MacMillan Young Listeners), maybe they’ll love pumpkin as much as I do.

With its autumnal colored illustrations, Pumpkin Soup shares the story of 3 close friends: Cat, Squirrel, and Duck. Every evening the make pumpkin soup together and each one has a specific role in the soup  making. Cat cuts up the pumpkin, Squirrel stirs the soup and Duck adds the perfect amount of salt. While the soup simmers, they play music together. One day Duck decides that he wants to stir the soup, but Squirrel isn’t ready to relinquish his wooden spoon. How all three deal with Duck’s request tests their friendship.

My kids (6 and 2 years old) love hearing a book come alive as they follow along the printed pages. We used to borrow books on cassette tape from the library but my husband’s cassette player from college has seen better days. Time to move on to CDs right?

The audio of Pumpkin Soup did not disappoint. Its lively background music had my kids dancing around the living room. Kathleen McInerney’s narration and the sound effects brought the characters to life.  The audiobook is great on its own. I would take it on a road trip for the kids. My youngest loves listening & dancing to the audiobook and has asked for it several times a day.

As much as I love the audio, I would have liked an extra track of the story with turn-the-page signals so my beginning reader can follow along with the book on her own.

Pumpkin Soup is a story fun imaginative about friendship and trying new things. The story is a perfect way to curl up with your kids while your pumpkin soup (or pie or bread) cooks.

Want to win a copy of Pumpkin Soup CD & Book to share with your little people?!

Just leave a comment here (or on the Tots2Tweens Facebook page) telling us what your favorite fall food is and you’ll be entered to win!

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About Thien-Kim Lam

Frequently found burning the midnight oil with a mug of coffee, Thien-Kim Lam sneaks in her blogging time after her two young children are in bed. When she’s not blogging or making new friends on Twitter, she’s also a busy running her business as a . Passion Parties rep. Somewhere in between her kids, her husband, and her business she manages to squeeze in some art, some books, and long hot bubble baths. Read more about her Top Chef obsession as well as the fun food and crafts she does with her kids at Cup of Creativi-Tea. Her multicultural parenting musings, tech addiction, and work at home mom tips can be found at I'm Not the Nanny .

One Response to “Book Review: Pumpkin Soup, by Helen Cooper.”

  1. gail

    My favorite thanksgiving dish would have to be the marshmellows on top of the yams. Lol

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