The Baker's Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale [NOOK Book]

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Van Amsterdam the baker was well known for his honesty as well as for his fine Saint Nicholas cookies. He always gave his customers exactly what they paid for—not more and not less. So, he was not about to give in when a mysterious old woman comes to him on Saint Nicholas Day and insists that a dozen is thirteen!
 
The woman's curse puts an end to the baker's business, ...

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Overview

Van Amsterdam the baker was well known for his honesty as well as for his fine Saint Nicholas cookies. He always gave his customers exactly what they paid for—not more and not less. So, he was not about to give in when a mysterious old woman comes to him on Saint Nicholas Day and insists that a dozen is thirteen!
 
The woman's curse puts an end to the baker's business, and he believes it would take Saint Nicholas to help him. But if he receives that help, will it be exactly what he imagined?
 
Find out in this inspiring legend from Dutch colonial New York about the birth of an honored American custom.
 
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Aaron Shepard is the award-winning author of "The Baker's Dozen," "The Sea King's Daughter," "The Monkey King," and many more children's books. His stories have appeared often in Cricket magazine, while his Web site is known internationally as a prime resource for folktales, storytelling, and reader's theater. Once a professional storyteller, Aaron specializes in lively retellings of folktales and other traditional literature, which have won him honors from the American Library Association, the New York Public Library, the Bank Street College of Education, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the American Folklore Society.
 
Wendy Edelson has applied her award-winning skills to a wide range of illustration projects, including picture books, pet portraits, posters, puzzles, and fabric design. Her clients have included Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, the Seattle Aquarium, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the U.S. Postal Service, and the American Library Association.
 
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HONORS
American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
Trumpet Book Club selection
Valerie and Walter's Best Books for Children
 
"The good will of legendary Saint Nick resonates in this tale about the origin of the term 'baker's dozen.' . . . Shepard's easy-to-follow retelling has an appropriate Old World flavor." -- Publishers Weekly, Sept. 18, 1995
 
"A particularly nice holiday story accented by paintings full of detail. . . . Well-paced and a good length for groups or individuals, this is right on target for audiences. Edelson's artwork is filled with marvelously-alive characters who almost step from the pages." -- Ilene Cooper, Booklist, Sept. 15, 1995
 
"A lush new version of a traditional tale. . . . Well-chosen words and a nicely-paced text that begs to be told aloud. A treat for the holiday season." -- School Library Journal, Oct. 1995
 
"Aaron Shepard retells a favorite colonial legend with the voice of the storyteller." -- Jan Lieberman, TNT, Fall 1995
 
"A fine tale of generosity for St. Nicholas Day or any day." -- Marilyn McPhie, Storybag, Special Review Issue 1997
 
"A story with a message to be heard during the holidays and all year long." -- Children's Book Review
 
 

A baker in colonial New York learns the importance of generosity from an old woman who visits his shop on St. Nicholas Day.

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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.
Ilene Cooper
A particularly nice holiday story accented by paintings full of detail. Based on a folktale from the colonial period, this tells of a baker named Van Amsterdam, who, though honest, is not exactly generous. When an old woman comes to his shop for gingerbread cookies made in the shape of Saint Nicholas, she asks for a baker's dozen of 13. Van Amsterdam insists that a dozen consists of 12. After that, his cookies seem bewitched: they burn or taste awful. Only after Saint Nicholas comes to him in a dream does he realize that being honest doesn't preclude being open-handed. Well paced and a good length for groups or individuals, this is right on target for audiences. Edelson's artwork is filled with marvelously alive characters who almost step from the pages. Reminiscent of Jan Brett's work, at least in their detail, the pictures are the sort kids will enjoy looking at for many holidays to come.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148684886
  • Publisher: Skyhook Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/2013
  • Sold by: Draft2Digital
  • Format: eBook
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