Pumpkin Soup is an English original, written and illustrated by Helen Cooper. This book was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1998. This is the Chinese translated version.
The story begins with 3 animal friends: Cat, Duck and Squirrel. Every evening, they will come together to make pumpkin soup. Together they make the most delicious soup.
Each of them has a unique role to play, with Cat cutting the pumpkin, Squirrel stirring the soup and Duck adding the salt. One day, Duck decides that he wants to stir the soup instead of adding the salt. This leads to a huge quarrel which ends up with the Duck leaving in a huff. As time goes by, Cat and Squirrel started to get worried about their friend having been away for a while. Eventually, Duck returns and Cat & Squirrel even allows Duck to stir the soup instead.
This would be an excellent book to teach kids about friendship. Another key theme of this book is the importance of teamwork. When everyone plays a part and do their job well, the best result (in this case, the most yummy pumpkin soup) can be achieved.
This book is in soft cover. Simplified chinese. There are no hanyu pinyin. For reading to the child, this book may suit children of 4 years old and above. For self read, we would recommend this book for children above 7.
If you are looking for storybooks on the theme of teamwork, you may also like to check out The Ants and The Water-Melon. The story is about how the ants, by working in a team, manage to conquer the huge water-melon.