Ruby Bakes a Cake (I Can Read Book 1 Series)


A lesson in making the best of a situation.
When Ruby mixes her friends’ advice into her cake, the results are surprising!

Ruby Raccoon asks her friends for advice on making a cake.

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A lesson in making the best of a situation.
When Ruby mixes her friends’ advice into her cake, the results are surprising!

Ruby Raccoon asks her friends for advice on making a cake.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This is another title in the " I Can Read" series. Ruby, a young raccoon, wants to bake a cake. However, she does not know how so seeks advice from her friends. Each one tells her to add one special ingredient. These range from flies to worms to nuts and carrot tops. Ruby graciously thanks everyone for helping her and invites them to come and have some cake when it comes out of the oven. Ruby is upset because the cake neither smells nor tastes good. Her loyal friends insist that the cake is "nice and crunchy," "good and tall," and "such a juicy cake." The softly colored, playful illustrations are a perfect accompaniment to the story. Young children just becoming independent readers will surely enjoy the humor of a cake that is really a disaster. 2004, Harper Collins, Ages 4 to 6.
—Sylvia Firth <%ISBN%>006008975X
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-These three books are a bit of a mixed bag. In Cazet's title, the bossy bird introduced in Elvis the Rooster Almost Goes to Heaven (HarperCollins, 2003) is forced into learning to say "please" and "thank you." Although the artwork is amusing, the story is confusing and the dialogue is difficult to follow. Expressions such as "Little Willie is busy.- He has a feather in every pie" will most likely perplex the intended audience. In Space Cat, a feline astronaut and his robot encounter some difficulty on their journey. The vocabulary is a bit challenging, and the comic drawings are primarily decorative. Overall, though, the book is an entertaining selection for more competent readers. In Ruby, a raccoon asks her friends, "What does it take to bake a cake?" She throws everything they suggest into the mix, including carrots, worms, flies, snails, and nuts. She bakes the terrible-smelling concoction, and when the friends sit down, they try their best to come up with nice things to say. Easy vocabulary and repetition make this a good choice for beginning readers, and the softly rendered pastel illustrations provide good picture clues. Skip Elvis, but add Ruby and Space Cat where books for beginning readers are in demand.-Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Ruby is a chubby raccoon in a green dress with a very limited background in the kitchen in this appealing mid-level entry in the I Can Read series. In traditional cumulative story fashion, Ruby goes to all her animal friends asking for suggestions on ingredients for baking a cake. Each animal suggests a favorite food (nuts from the squirrel, snails from the duck, flies from the frog), leading to a green, gloppy mess when the cake is served at Ruby's house. Her faithful friends offer compliments anyway, and Ruby concludes that she didn't bake a good cake, but she does have good friends. Moore's softly shaded watercolor-and-ink illustrations add personality to each animal character and charming details to Ruby's cozy kitchen. This story would also work well as a read-aloud in primary-grade classrooms as a counterpoint to "The Little Red Hen" or in conjunction with other cumulative stories. (Easy reader. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310720225
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Series: Zonderkidz I Can Read Book 1 Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 348,566
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Hill has written three Ruby Raccoon stories, including Ruby Bakes a Cake, Ruby Paints a Picture, and Ruby's Perfect Day. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two daughters.

Margie Moore has illustrated Stephanie S. Tolan's Bartholomew's Blessing. She and her family live on the New Jersey Shore.

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