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The Duchess Bakes a Cake Hardcover – February 22, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Purple House Press; First Edition edition (February 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930900147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930900141
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a lyrical, rhythmic, rhyming book of pure joy.
"ann41922"
Read this story to my daughter years ago, now I got this copy for my granddaughter, and she loves it too.
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Homeschooling tools and children's books at there best!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Shari M. Brandli on February 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is the reason I got a library card as a child. I loved (and still love) the predicament of the duchess. She was only trying to bake "a lovely light luscious delectable cake" for her family--but things get a bit out of control when she adds too much leavening to the batter. The rhyme and meter are lilting and memorable, the names of her daughters (e.g. "Gunhilde") sound exotic and old-fashioned to a child's ear, and the illustrations are delightful. I'm now in my 30's, and am pleasantly surprised to find that the book is still in print. Even though I don't have any children, I have purchased the book so that I can read it to my siblings' kids and pass on the laughter (and memories) to another generation in my family.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By LOVER of children's books! on April 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This was one of the truly formative books of my youth. Silly and fun and with a wonderful rhyme. I have the most wonderful memories of my mother reading this to me. Years ago, when I first had children, I HAD to find this book for them and it was out of print. I managed to find an excellent copy but spent nearly $100 for it -- and thought it worth every cent! Now that its back in print, I've bought FOUR more copies -- for gifts for all the children of the right age that I can think of. Highly, highly, highly recommended!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "ann41922" on July 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a lyrical, rhythmic, rhyming book of pure joy. Read to a toddler, it will sooth and enchant; to a pre-reader, it becomes a lesson in language and a memory exercise; as an adult with grandchildren of my own, it is a sweet remembrance of my childhood to share with the little one in my lap. It comes with my own personal five star rating.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 1998
Format: Library Binding
I checked this book out of the library numerous times as a child and I wish it were in print. The story is quite simple but highly imaginative. It is the music in the poetry that makes this book a delight. This was written before any thought was given to "dumbing down" children's books and the vocabulary is surprisingly advanced. Not only does the Duchess set out to bake "a lovely, light, luscious, delectable cake" but my very favorite line when I was a child was where the Duke exclaims "I fear an improper proportion of leaven has carried our dear Duchess right up to heaven!" The uncomplicated illustrations do a good job of supporting the story.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 1998
Format: Library Binding
This is a book that was read to me over and over again when I was a young child more than 30 years ago, and one that I have checked out of the library to read to my own children. No one who has read it will ever forget the delightful sing-song poetry of the story of the duchess, a mother of many young daughters, who becomes bored one day and sets out to bake "a lovely, light, luscious, delectable cake." Unfortunately, the duchess adds too much yeast to her mixture, and the cake rises and rises and rises. . . and carries the duchess, sitting on top of it, skyward. The entire kingdom gets involved in her rescue, and they try everything imaginable to get her down. Just as they give it up as hopeless--the duke tries to console his youngest daughter that he'll get her another mother--the youngest daughter comes up with the solution to the problem.
Absolutely enchanting. I'm hoping to be able to share this book with my grandchildren.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1998
Format: Library Binding
What wonderful memories of reading this book as a child! My oldest sister would bring me and my siblings to the library. We would sit in the corner and read The Duchess Bakes A Cake. The rhymes quickly capture a child's attention. The book is an engaging tale of the royal Duchess' mishap in the kitchen. Solving the problem was difficult because their poor brains were such that they hadn't thought often and they hadn't thought much. My own children quickly learned the chorus,so to speak, of the lovely light lucious delectable cake. I know they, too, will treasure this memorable book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 2001
Format: Library Binding
This is a book I loved as a child and still love. It's about a duchess who decides to surprise her family with a cake, with disasterous and hilarious results. The book fosters a love of kitchen creativity, as well as just being outrageously funny, as everyone blunders in trying to help improve the situation. It is written in verse, and I have read it to children of every age. Several children have told me it is a favorite of theirs, too. I would place this in the top ten books I would buy for children, along with the Curious George books, Dr Seuss, The Wheels on the Bus pop-up book, and Wild Child.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teaching the kids on September 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
All my kids (4,7, & 9 yrs) loved this book! We especially enjoyed the rhyming text. Even so the text was extensive enough to tell a full story. In general, most pages have many lines of text. We read it as a Five in a Row book, but I am sure it will be a requested book for years to come. We were able to talk about many side issues including cakes, yeast, consequences, calories, catapults, castles, alliteration, complementary colors. The duchess decides to make a "lovely, light, luscious, delectable" cake but doesn't accept any advice or follow any instructions. As a result, she puts everything in it and way too much yeast! She sits on it and rises high in the sky unable to get down. It sounds rather silly but it is very well written and was a worthwhile purchase.
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