A Cake for Dinner

A Cake for Dinner

by Sue Graves

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Part of the "Tadpoles" series, this Guided Reading Level B book entertains new readers with an amusing tale. Grandma is coming for a visit and Molly and her mother decide that they are going to make a cake for this special occasion. Oops, Molly manages to break most of the eggs, Mom spills the flour and together they seem to be complete failures at making a cake. Grandma arrives and has a special package—smart kids will be able to predict what is in the package and Grandma shows that she is at least able to bake a cake. The illustrator has approached the story in a lighthearted manner and the illustrations have a cartoon feel to them. It is all in good fun, and perhaps next time Molly and her mother will have better success. The format in the series is interesting; the words in the text are introduced on the CIP page. At the end of the story there is a puzzle spread which asks readers to find the pictures in the story and tell which pages they are from. I am not entirely sure how useful this exercise is, but the Notes for Adults do offer some very useful activities such as using the jumbled pictures to retell the story. I think asking the readers to put the pictures in sequence might have been more useful that just identifying what pages they are found on. In spite of that quibble, it is an attractive and enjoyable book for early readers. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
Tadpoles, #26
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Product dimensions:
4.83(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.07(d)
120L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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