The gorgeous autumnal illustrations alone make Pumpkin Soup
worth a gander. Our 2-1/2-year-old loves ducks and squirrels, so she was happy. And Dad was intrigued by the duck's multiple challenges to the status quo. I mean, who wants to be stuck with the repetitive task of salting food anyway? At some point, I'd question the division of labor too and begin pushing to experience the stirring (squirrel's traditional role) and pumpkin chopping (cat's task) parts of the food preparation exercise. Learning new things is bliss! I salute duck's leaving in protest when not allowed to "stir the pot" a bit.
Helen Cooper's drawings really are fantastic. Enjoy!