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Children's LiteratureAnother volume in the "In the Kitchen" series, this early reader describes the steps of baking a cake. Beginning with making the batter from scratch and ending with decorating the cake with icing, full color photographs of a little girl and her father accompany the text. The book also includes a brief glossary and small reference section for children to find out more about cakes and cake baking. Unfortunately, like others in the series, the book is distinctly lackluster. The text is dull and uninspiring, and the photographs are too simulated. Although the text describes the pictures, the book feels choppy and forced. The story does have some potential use in the classroom, however; early childhood teachers could use it to illustrate sequencing or as a very small part of a unit on home and family life. This book would be a good choice for school libraries, but not for classroom teachers to purchase. 2002, Children's Press, Ages 4 to 8.