Mr Belinski's Bagels

Mr Belinski's Bagels

by Ellen Schwartz, Stefan Czernecki
     
 

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Mr. Belinsky makes delicious bagels, the best in town. But when a fancy new bakery opens up across the street, Mr. Belinsky decides he must make other things to keep up. Soon he's baking pies and cakes, doughnuts and muffins and gingerbread . . . and with much success! But something is missing, and only Mr. Belinsky's flour-covered hands hold the secret. Full-color…  See more details below

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Mr. Belinsky makes delicious bagels, the best in town. But when a fancy new bakery opens up across the street, Mr. Belinsky decides he must make other things to keep up. Soon he's baking pies and cakes, doughnuts and muffins and gingerbread . . . and with much success! But something is missing, and only Mr. Belinsky's flour-covered hands hold the secret. Full-color illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mr. Belinsky's bagels are the toast of the town. His poppy seed bagels help soothe Mrs. Alperstein's many ailments, while Frankie the would-be tough guy is hooked on the onion bagels. So when Mr. Belinsky's son, Victor, encourages him to expand and bake other goods, he replies: "Should a doctor fix leaky pipes? No!.... Should Belinsky make fancy cakes? NO! I make bagels. Bagels is what I make. And that's that." But after a fancy bakery opens across the street, he starts to turn out dainty pastries. The new line is a hit, but every night, "his hands felt... as though they were missing something. But he couldn't remember what." Predictably, Belinsky is soon back to bagels and, of course, back to his spiel ("I make bagels. Bagels is what I make"). Czernecki's (The Cricket's Cage) flat compositions and matte gouaches reinforce the old-fashioned tone. However, the illustrations are also fairly static, and the characters' faces look strangely vacant, even when they gaze upon the longed-for bagels. All ages. (July)
Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
Mr. Belinsky knows how to make bagels, and that's what he makes, bagels. His regular customers don't miss a day buying their favorites, and Mr. Belinsky's hands always know the perfect recipe for each variety. Then a fancy new bakery opens across the street, and a parade of eager customers buy tarts, eclairs, cookies and other treats while Mr. Belinsky's shop remains empty. Is he missing out on something? Must he change his ways to keep up? What happens when those bagel-making hands begin turning out all sorts of goodies? More isn't always better, for the customers or the magic hands or the satisfaction of the soul, so read this delightful tale yourself and also give it to your young readers. Charmingly illustrated in one-dimensional primary colors, these are the kind of pictures kids might like to copy themselves. 1998 (orig.
Kirkus Reviews
"Mr. Belinsky made bagels. Bagels were all he made" begins this cheery picture book tale of loving what you know, and knowing what you love. Mr. Belinksy's regulars come in daily for the bagels they want: onion, pumpernickel, poppyseed. But when a fancy bakery opens up across the street, Mr. Belinsky fears for his livelihood and turns to cookies and tarts, pies and strudel. The money rolls in but his regulars are crushed, and Mr. Belinsky isn't so sure of the path he's chosen. Joyfully he returns to his true love, bagel- making, and his customers are happy. The broad, flat planes of gouache illustrations face each page of text, and charming details abound: the ring on Mrs. Alperstein's ruby-manicured fingers; the ceramic water pitcher; the glimpses of yellow taxis and the Chrysler building. Best of all is Mr. Belinsky himself: a cherub with tufts of grey hair and a fuzzy moustache, round glasses, and pink cheeks. A tasty nosh, indeed. (Picture book. 5-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781896580289
Publisher:
Tradewind Books
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Stefan Czernecki has illustrated many picture books and has won the American Folklore Society’s Aesop Award. He lives in Vancouver, BC.

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