The Baker's Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale

The Baker's Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale

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by Aaron Shepard, Wendy Edelson
     
 

Ever wondered where the term, baker's dozen, came from? An unusual holiday tale coupled with old folk tradition creates a world where it's not uncommon for Saint Nicholas to make appearances and Christmas magic to come in the form of cookies. A local banker learns an important lesson in generosity. Rich color illustrations throughout.  See more details below

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Ever wondered where the term, baker's dozen, came from? An unusual holiday tale coupled with old folk tradition creates a world where it's not uncommon for Saint Nicholas to make appearances and Christmas magic to come in the form of cookies. A local banker learns an important lesson in generosity. Rich color illustrations throughout.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A Saint Nicholas tale that not only speaks to the true spirit of Christmas, but explains the origin of the term "bakers dozen." The setting is a Dutch colonial town in New York and its baker Van Amsterdam is known for his Saint Nicholas cookies. When he refuses to accept an old woman's statement that she wants a dozen of his famous cookies and that to her a dozen is thirteen, everything in his life starts to crumble. Eventually with the help of Saint Nicholas, the baker learns the spirit of generosity, and he and his business thrive again. And from that day on, a baker's dozen has always been thirteen.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
With the voice of the storyteller, Aaron Shepard retells a favorite Colonial legend. With elegant, opulent paintings, the Colonial setting is depicted in golden hues. When the baker, Van Amsterdam, refuses to give an old woman an extra St. Nicholas cookie as part of her dozen, she utters a curse, "Fall again, mount again, learn how to count again!" As his business crumbles, Van Amsterdam learns the lesson of generosity. This tradition of 13, a baker's dozen, is still a practice with some bakeries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689830563
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
10/01/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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