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It’s feeling like fall here in Southern California, even though it’s stopped raining and the temperatures have hit the 80’s again. Still leaves have dropped, and there’s a nice crispness to the mornings.

Plus Halloween is over. So, no matter the temperature, it’s time for something… fallish.

Which means: Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper.

This story is relatively new to me, but what first captured my attention were the delightfully amusing illustrations and Cooper’s amazing use of light. I love them.

So does my class.

Cat, Squirrel, and Duck share a small teapot-shaped house, and each has an assigned task: Cat cuts the pumpkins, Squirrel stirs in the water, and Duck adds the salt.

Until one morning, when Duck decides he should man the spoon.

A rousing squabble ensues, and Duck, angered by the others’ inability to share, leaves home.

But when Duck does not return in time for lunch, his friends, imagining his dire fate, decide to search. Unsuccessful, they sadly return home only to find Duck already there.

And there is much rejoicing. Duck gets to stir the soup, the others say nothing at his obvious lack or expertise, and all is well.

Until Duck decides he should be able to play Cat’s bagpipes.

This is a lovely tale about friendship and dealing with a friend’s desire to grow. Children understand the squabbling animals’ dilemma, and it’s easy for them to empathize with both Duck’s and his friends’ points of view–because chances are quite good they’ve experienced both sides before.

I’m grateful to have this one in my personal library, and in my search for online sites to link to, I discovered two more of the series. Guess what I’m buying immediately?

A Pipkin of Pepper and Delicious! by Helen Cooper, of course! I can’t wait to read them to my class.

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