The Baker's Dozen: A Counting Book

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Here is a delectable counting book that goes all the way to thirteen--a baker's dozen. Steaming German chocolate cakes, perfectly formed cherry pies, and gooey jelly rolls are just a few of the jolly baker's sweet treats.

Preschoolers will enjoy counting the mouth-watering pastries faster than this baker can make them!

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Overview

Here is a delectable counting book that goes all the way to thirteen--a baker's dozen. Steaming German chocolate cakes, perfectly formed cherry pies, and gooey jelly rolls are just a few of the jolly baker's sweet treats.

Preschoolers will enjoy counting the mouth-watering pastries faster than this baker can make them!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The fat and jolly baker who lives in a small room attached to his little bakery makes treats from one to twelve in this slightly-rhyming text with full-page illustrations for each numeral. Treats move scrumptiously along a fatteningly delightful continuum: éclairs (1), German chocolate cakes (2), cherry pies (3), sticky buns (4), cookie men (5), jelly rolls (6), tarts (7), strudels (8), rice crispy treats (9), tortes (10), macaroons (11), and cupcakes (12) for hungry patrons (13). In this day and age, when most kids’ idea of a bakery is the free cookie dispensary at the back of the local mega-mart, this old-fashioned celebration of baking is a calorie-free treat that kids and teachers will both enjoy. In the classroom, it could lead the way to all sorts of food-fancy counting (the Twelve days of Vegetables?) as well as the inevitable temptation to take the kids on a field trip that has absolutely nothing to do with testing-based criteria and is sure to fill both the imagination and the tummy. While some critics might say that this picture book has a total male bias, this reviewer would defend its male-only stance as an enticement for boys to get-er-done in the kitchen; girls seldom need such an enticement, it seems. The overall “feel” of the book is enhanced by each page’s different background colors, the slightly retro artistic style, and the obvious joy with which the artist undertook the task of bringing this counting book to crispy sugared doneness. Highly recommended for its connection to food AND numbers. Reviewer: Gwynne Spencer
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PreS-K
In this cheery book, a jolly, rotund baker begins his work at 5:00 A.M., taking "great care/to make one cream éclair" and concludes by 7:00 A.M. when "he knows just what it takes/to make twelve small cupcakes." He can then open his doors to greet a baker's dozen of eager customers. The star here is the oil paint on gessoed illustration board art, done in charming retro style. The two-line verse for each number appears in a crisp, clear font on a creamy pastel page, while the enthusiastic baker performs his artistry on the other. There is plenty of detail and interesting shading in the pictures to involve the eye, while at the same time the correlation between the numbers and the number of desserts is always obvious. It is refreshing to see someone who so loves and enjoys his work, and while the theme may be a bit contrary to the current campaign against childhood obesity, we all deserve a treat now and then.
—Grace OliffCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
The ruddy-cheeked, jolly baker juggling 13 cupcakes on the cover has irresistible appeal to open the pages of this rhymed counting book. Each one-sentence rhyme counts up to a dozen with oil paintings whisking up the delectable baked goods: "The baker takes care / to make one cream eclair. . . . He measures with teaspoons / eleven macaroons." From two chocolate German cakes to four sticky buns to seven tarts to eight warm strudels, the device is extremely clever and will have kids counting over and over. A graph on the endpapers enumerates each treat. When the baker reaches 12 cupcakes, his job is complete because he has 13 folks to greet as he opens the bakery door. Though the term "baker's dozen" isn't explained, preschoolers will get more than a taste of the meaning. Bursting with bouncy flavor, this blue-ribbon winner of counting tales is sure to engage participation. It's simply scrumptious fun (and calorie-free), but one thing is missing that would have put the icing on the cake: Scratch-and-sniff tabs. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805078091
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

DAN ANDREASEN has illustrated more than twenty-five books for children, including Firebears: The Rescue Team. He lives in Medina, Ohio, with his family.

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