Honey Cake

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A story about friendship, honor, and bravery—now in paperback.

For David Nathan, Copenhagen is the most beautiful city in the world. Even Nazis in the street can’t make Copenhagen ugly. But life has changed since the soldiers arrived. His parents are always worried. And his older sister goes to school early and comes home late. Sometimes she doesn’t come home at all! David’s father is a baker, and since the war began, butter and cream are very hard to find. So David is amazed ...

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Overview

A story about friendship, honor, and bravery—now in paperback.

For David Nathan, Copenhagen is the most beautiful city in the world. Even Nazis in the street can’t make Copenhagen ugly. But life has changed since the soldiers arrived. His parents are always worried. And his older sister goes to school early and comes home late. Sometimes she doesn’t come home at all! David’s father is a baker, and since the war began, butter and cream are very hard to find. So David is amazed when his father makes a “special order” of cream-filled chocolate éclairs. But when no one comes to pick up the éclairs, David is asked to run a very special errand. It’s an errand that will change his life . . . forever.

Joan Betty Stuckner’s early chapter book brings an important time period to light in a way that is thrilling, inspirational, and age-appropriate for Stepping Stone readers.

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Children's Literature - Ali Fell
World War II (1939-1945) has begun. Denmark has been overrun by the Germans. The Danes long to once more live in freedom. David and his friends discover that there are subtle but important changes in the lives of the residents of Copenhagen. Most puzzling to David is the fact that his older sister, Rachel, rarely comes home. David finally discovers that she is part of the Danish resistance. He is later given a role of his own in the resistance. David and his sister show readers what honor and real courage look like. It is quite possible that the reader might find some good tears in his or her eyes at the end of the tale. David is a fictional character but the story is rooted in history. Honey Cake is sad, scary and funny at the same time. The black and white illustrations beautifully illustrate these feelings. Especially down to earth is a drawing of David and his best friend marching in a mocking manner behind the two Nazis who patrol their street; David's dad is running after them in obvious alarm. This book is a good read for anyone. It will be a special treat for children who read slowly since the print is large and the writing is well crafted and direct. A Stepping Stone Book. Reviewer: Ali Fell
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"There are so many ways of being brave," David's father explains. Through this straightforward and informative story of Jews in the Danish Resistance during World War II, the youngest readers learn what life was like under Nazi occupation. It's 1943 Copenhagen, where shortages of food and fuel make it difficult to run the family bakery. Everyone seems to have secrets, even ten-year-old David's older sister Rachel and their parents. When Papa sends David to deliver some eclairs, the boy suspects it is more than a simple errand but remains calm under pressure, knowing that he is contributing to something larger than himself. While more happens to David than could possibly happen to one ten-year-old boy, his tale conveys a wealth of historical detail, from the famed horseback-riding King Christian to Victor Borge's humor. Nugent's uneven pen-and-ink illustrations are jarring, but the story itself moves along at a good clip. A fine offering for readers not quite ready for Number the Stars. (recipe, afterword) (Historical fiction. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375851902
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Series: Stepping Stones Chapter Bks.
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 254,618
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Betty Stuchner has performed as a storyteller live and on television, and acted in community theater. She teaches part-time at a Jewish school and works in the library at the University of British Columbia. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Cynthia Nugent is an award-winning children’s book author-illustrator. To research Honey Cake, she traveled to Copenhagen. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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