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Children's LiteratureThis 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