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Children's LiteratureBeverly wants to do something special for Oliver's birthday. Since the birthday cake is so important, she decides to bake one for her friend—with her mom's help, of course. She finds the perfect recipe—a beautiful castle cake—and she dreams about it every day until it is time to make the special gift. Everything goes according to plan until her mother receives a phone call from Beverly's aunt. Beverly decides to pour the cake batter into the pans while she waits for her mother. When the cake comes out of the oven, it will not come out of the pans! Beverly forgot to grease the pans. Needless to say, her dream cake remains a dream and she becomes very discouraged, running to her room in tears. When her mother coaxes her out of the bedroom, Beverly receives a surprise. Her mother has arranged the cake layers into a pattern and encourages Beverly to determine how she will decorate it. The botched cake becomes a beautiful butterfly cake and is the hit of Oliver's birthday party after all. Children learn that there is a solution to every problem, even when that problem seems insurmountable. Stadler's illustrations are large, colorful, and simple. The characters are abstract enough that the reader can imagine them to be anything or anyone—bears, dogs, or humans. Even without the words, it is obvious what Beverly has done this time in the author's fourth book in the series. 2005, Gulliver Books/Harcourt, Ages 3 to 7.