The Fairytale Cake

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Beloved characters from classic nursery rhymes --- everyone from Humpty Dumpty to Little Bo Peep to Old King Cole --- collaborate to bake the most perfect, towering, delicious cake . . . and roll it along to its special ...

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Overview

Maybe it wasn't your mom who baked your amazing birthday cake after all. Maybe it was created by a delicious cast of characters from your favorite nursery rhymes!

"We make a cake / We bake a cake / And send it on its way!"
Beloved characters from classic nursery rhymes --- everyone from Humpty Dumpty to Little Bo Peep to Old King Cole --- collaborate to bake the most perfect, towering, delicious cake . . . and roll it along to its special recipient --- the birthday boy or girl!
Mark Sperring's spare but sweet text combined with Jonathan Langley's bright, timeless artwork make for a fun, read-aloud book that allows readers to pick out their favorite nursery rhyme characters in the illustrations. Ideal for birthdays . . . or any occasion!

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Publishers Weekly
Who needs pony rides or a clown at a birthday party when the cake is custom-baked and delivered by celebrities from the fairy tale and nursery rhyme world? Preschoolers will have a field day spotting all the characters as the cake makes it way from the bakery (where the Big Bad Wolf, sporting a granny dress, obligingly stokes the oven fire with his huffing and puffing), and is escorted by an ever-growing entourage (including Mary and her Little Lamb) up a comically challenging hill, and past Humpty Dumpty perched precariously on a bridge. They finally arrive at the home of a very lucky boy. Langley manages his large, fancifully wardrobed cast with aplomb. The winsome, mostly full-bleed watercolors brim with fun details (note Jack and Jill's bandaged heads) and running jokes (the Knave of Hearts's tarts are purloined one by one), but the pictures always maintain a narrative drive. Sperring (Find-A-Saurus) contributes snippets of pert narration, often just a phrase per spread ("We make a cake,/ we bake a cake,/ a very, very special cake,/ and send it on its way"), that add up to just three complete sentences. The idea of the fairy world being essentially a cozy neighborhood is winning, and the sense that this camaraderie is in service of a child's happy birthday makes the conceit all the sweeter. Ages 3-5. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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PreS-K-An array of characters from Western fairy tales and nursery rhymes comes together to produce and deliver an enormous cake. Each colorful spread is packed with action as a king and queen, sheep, a big bad wolf, etc., journey across the magical countryside. In the end, they arrive at the birthday child's house. "So close your eyes, and make a wish! Happy, Happy Birthday!" The simple, rhyming text rolls across the pages. "We make a cake,/we bake a cake,/a very, very special cake,/and send it on its way." Children will enjoy looking at the pictures and picking out familiar faces in the busy, humorous drawings. In one spread, the vehicle carrying the cake escapes the queen's control and races down the road while the Knave of Hearts ducks out of the way, the Gingerbread Man hangs onto a candle, and Little Bo Peep and her flock look on. In the background, Rapunzel, Old King Cole, Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Three Little Pigs watch the excitement. A worthy consideration for picture-book collections.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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The text may run to just a few words per page, but the pictures in this heavily populated outing invite lingering as dozens of European nursery rhyme and folktale characters gather to prepare a huge cake, and then wheel it down the road to the house of a lucky birthday boy. Like Carol Jones's Gingerbread Man (2002), the Jolly Postman series and the like, this becomes a test of cultural literacy, made even more challenging by the lack of identifying commentary: How many of these figures, rendered in Langley's informal cartoons as young-looking folks and animals in antique costume, are recognizable? Is that the Knave of Hearts? There's Bo Peep, searching for her sheep on one page, and finding them on the next. That whiskered officer must be the Grand Old Duke of York, and look, there's the Gingerbread Boy riding one of a trio of little pigs. All gather at last to wish the starry-eyed lad a "Happy, Happy Birthday!" as he makes ready to blow out the candles. With guests like these, how could it be otherwise? (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439683296
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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