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A Pipkin of Pepper Paperback – Sep 2 2008


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux; Reprint edition (Sept. 2 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374400245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374400248
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 25.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #432,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Hardcover
This is my favourite book to read to my 3-year old daughter. She loves it too. The illustrations and story are terrific, the language just wonderful. A delightful story that has taught my daughter what to do if she's ever lost -- "stay in one place and we'll find you" -- in a fun and unscary way. And there are so many hidden gems for adults as well as kids. We love this even more than the original "Pumpkin Soup." Can't recommend it highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I LOVE to read this book March 15 2005
By Rhonda McMichael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is my favourite book to read to my 3-year old daughter. She loves it too. The illustrations and story are terrific, the language just wonderful. A delightful story that has taught my daughter what to do if she's ever lost -- "stay in one place and we'll find you" -- in a fun and unscary way. And there are so many hidden gems for adults as well as kids. We love this even more than the original "Pumpkin Soup." Can't recommend it highly enough.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Narrative not as memorable as Pumpkin Soup Sept. 4 2008
By H. Sapiens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
3 stars for story, 4.5 stars for illustrations.

Pumpkin soup was a delightful book with narrative that flowed fluidly and enchantingly - it pulled you in and held you. Narrative that a preschooler was quick to memorize - narrative that flowed with the pictures. As such, I was ecstatic to preorder the paperback version of Pipkin of Pepper.

In this sequel to Pumpkin Soup, Cat, Squirrel, and Duck are back and going to the city to buy salt. On the way, Cat and Squirrel cajole Duck that if he is lost he is to stay put! Whereas Pumpkin Soup delivered life lessons in finely crafted prose, Pipkin of Pepper leaves little to interpretation. Well... you guessed it - Duck gets lost and does not stay put! Here's where the story falls apart. Rather than go on a quest to find Duck - in one short paragraph he is plied with pepper and comfort and then Cat and Squirrel just show up. The story is over before it started - no time for suspense, climax, or character building (a major strength of Helen Cooper's previous work). And what is the reward for getting lost - he gets to fly in a helicopter, thus failing to deliver another important life lesson - that consequences for mistakes are not positive. The story line is dull and choppy. I would rate it a very grudging 3 stars if it wasn't for the rich and vibrant illustrations, if not lacking a wee bit of imagination.

I cannot recommend Pumpkin Soup highly enough. However, as for this book I would suggest you peruse it at the bookstore before purchasing. The illustrations alone may be worth purchasing for some children. If it was my own opinion alone that this book was less than stellar, I could forgive it. However, my 4-year old who cares far more about story lines than pictures was very disappointed in this book and said she does not want to read it again - and that speaks volumes.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Cute story Oct. 25 2012
By Maralee A. Hertel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
What a cute little story. My 2 1/2 year old grand-daughter loves this book and the one before it called Pumpkin Soup. Nice sturdy pages.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Love the whole series July 7 2009
By PandaMom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
We love this whole series - Pumpkin Soup, Pipkin of Pepper, and Delicious! Have enjoyed reading them over and over - always something new to see in the illustrations. Love the three animals too and the concepts they promote about friendship, living together, each person having their own job. This book is also good for helping kids understand what to do if they get lost, i.e. Stay in one place, or find a mommy with a stroller. I don't think the helicopter at the end of this book quite fit with the story - seemed a little over the top and like the author didn't know the best way to get the animals home. But that is just a picky complaint. All in all, very cute book, worth the money in paperback.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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By Felicia B. Gershberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
We had the privilege of a class field trip to a local bookstore to hear Helen Cooper talk about how she created this book. She fascinated a roomful of elementary school students (including many kindergartners) with her explanation of how she was motivated to write this book (trying to teach her daughter about what to do if she got lost), of her process of creating illustrations (she gets to buy as many paints and brushes and other art supplies as she wants, because it's her job!), and of the quirky elements and details in her pictures that were inspired by real-life images (a funky grinder in a coffee shop led to the pepper mill skyline in the book). Turn the pages of this book over and over to appreciate it all!

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