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Children's LiteratureWhat starts out as a great American tradition ends up as a food fight with a marriage announcement. Donna Rae is sure she will win the Fourth of July great cake bake with the most elaborate entry in all of Danville. One flaw with Donna Rae's cakes is that someone always gets hurt with her creations. That someone is Mayor Fargenberg. Her magnificent Boston Tea Party cake, complete with piers, sailing vessels and fountain of tea malfunctions as the Mayor closely examines the delicate confectionary delight. Her stunning Statue of Liberty cake, including gas-light torch was a blast—in more ways than one! Poor Mayor Fargenberg was left cleaner shaven than when he arrived. Donna Rae's final concoction, a replica of a cobblestone road and village where Paul Revere performed his famous ride, was truly the envy of all, even so far as borrowing her cousins' horse, Chester, for a dramatic effect. No mechanical malfunctions this time, but still the culminating cake event was upset with no cake left unscathed. Who won? Read this to find out as see who becomes engaged to be married, if you have not already figured that out. The text is engaging, the illustrations colorful, intricate and tight, and absolutely appropriate for this work. One tiny flaw—compared to other characters in the book Donna Rae appears quite juvenile, as if only a teenager, which seems out of place. This "flaw" is made up for by those delicious end papers of actual-size baking utensils. Bakers everywhere will applaud that talent. This is a fun story and meant to be ready anytime, anywhere. Enjoy! 2005, Walker and Company, and Ages 4 to 8.