Mr. Cookie Baker

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As sweet and satisfying as holiday baking, here is a beautiful update of Monica Wellington's Mr. Cookie Baker. In this book, youngsters can follow the process of measuring, mixing, baking, decorating, and eating cookies. With six new full-color pages, a handsome new jacket, educational tie-ins, and more recipes, this is the perfect supplement to early math units on sequencing, sorting, measuring, and telling time. The simple, straightforward behind-the-scenes view of a bakery makes it a splendid addition to ...

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Overview

As sweet and satisfying as holiday baking, here is a beautiful update of Monica Wellington's Mr. Cookie Baker. In this book, youngsters can follow the process of measuring, mixing, baking, decorating, and eating cookies. With six new full-color pages, a handsome new jacket, educational tie-ins, and more recipes, this is the perfect supplement to early math units on sequencing, sorting, measuring, and telling time. The simple, straightforward behind-the-scenes view of a bakery makes it a splendid addition to Monica Wellington's other nonfiction for the very young, such as Zinnia's Flower Garden. Yummy in any season!

After a day of making and selling cookies, Mr. Baker gets to enjoy one himself. Includes cookie recipe.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Having explored other career paths in books such as Apple Farmer Annie and Firefighter Frank, Monica Wellington draws on her experience in a "famous New York City bakery" for Mr. Cookie Baker, who begins the day by measuring his ingredients early in the morning and decorates the baked goodies before the "hungry children" arrive. A doughy typeface and four cookie recipes round out this confection. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Gail C. Krause
Mr. Baker assembles the ingredients for his cookies each morning and prepares to bake cookies. He chooses a recipe from four in the back of the book, mixes the dough, rolls it out, and cuts it with shaped cookie cutters. He then bakes them and decorates them with icing and sprinkles. The children soon arrive to buy cookies, and Mrs. Cookie Baker sells the cookies to them from her bakery shop. After all the cookies are sold, Mr. Baker closes his shop and gets to taste one of his delicious cookies. Miss Wellington's simple illustrations are large and colorful, as are her words, making the entire format friendly to the discerning eyes of young children. Simple recipes for sugar, chocolate chip, oatmeal, and peanut butter cookies are included for home or classroom interaction with adults. This book is one of a series developed by Miss Wellington on occupation awareness for young children.
Children's Literature - Karen Saxe
This cheerful little book about a man who works in a bakery will be a hit with the young cookie-lovers of the household! The steps for making and decorating cookies in the shapes of elephants, clowns, and stars, etc. are outlined. It also includes a recipe for Mr. Cookie Baker's own cookies at the end of the book.
School Library Journal
PreS-- For many youngsters, cookies come only in packages or boxes. This book explains the process of baking them. It shows a baker's day, from setting out raw ingredients to closing the door once everything is sold. For each double-paged spread, one brief sentence describes the process: ``He mixes the cookie dough'' stands for measuring, mixing, creaming, beating, and stirring. Without a doubt, this is a happy baker. He smiles as he reads his recipe; while removing baking sheets full of browned cookies from the oven, he licks his lips. The illustrations, done in gouache and colored pencils, perfectly match the informational and emotional levels in this book; the uncluttered shapes resemble those produced by cookie cutters. The man's features, as well as those of his happy customers, could have been drawn with icing. Warm clear corals, oranges, and yellows predominate. Ingredients, utensils, decorated cookies, even money and glasses, pitchers and cartons of milk dance on the decorative borders and cheerful endpapers. This is an ideal book to use with toddlers and preschoolers. Beware! It's guaranteed to cause a demand for cookies. Of course, a detailed recipe follows the story. --Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Ilene Cooper
Kids and cookies go hand-in-hand, and here's a how-to for the very youngest bakers. Wellington provides only a frame of a story. Every morning Mr. Cookie Baker gets ready to provide the neighborhood children with the treats they so love. He mixes his dough, rolls it and cuts it with cookie cutters, and bakes, decorates, and then serves up the cookies to the horde of hungry children that crowds his shop after school. The brief text is illustrated by art that at first glance seems merely bright and cheerful, but closer inspection shows Wellington's compositions to be quite complex. Cookies in a vast array of shapes surround the boldly lettered text, while intricate design work and careful colorings enliven the facing illustrations. This tasty treat will have instant appeal for individuals and groups.
Kirkus Reviews
Mr. Baker's shop is an inviting place, filled to the gunnels with frosted sugar cookies. Not to forget the chromatic dusting of sprinkles that work on children as the Sirens did on Odysseus' men. Wellington takes young listeners through the cookie baker's day making, baking and then selling the goodies. This gives the story its forward motion, but Wellington uses another neat little trick to add a sense of mounting excitement: Each page has a little more color than the one before, a gathering swarm, just like a cookie as it goes from a ball of plain dough through all the stages to become a sweetly colorful enticement. The old-fashioned illustrations, with their two-dimensional and geometric simplicity, add much to the delicious result. (cookie recipes) (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525477631
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 9/21/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 309,598
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.83 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2005

    My First Book

    'Mr. Cookie Baker' is an amazing book! It was the first book that I read and I still read it today. It has small, detailed words, along with beautiful and simple pictures. It even has a recipe for sugar cookies and frosting on the last page! I think the age recomendaiton is a bit off though. I read it when I was about 3.

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