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Jake Baked the Cake (Picture Puffins) School & Library Binding – March 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • School & Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (March 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0833589288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0833589286
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,686,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The town is getting ready for a wedding, and readers will immediately be caught up in the excitement. At the center of the joyous preparations is Jake, the rotund, cheerful baker who is making the wedding cake. "The flower girls got some curls"; "The bridesmaids' roses tickled their noses"; and "The groom forgot to bring the ring." And all the while, "Jake baked the cake." He is seen carefully adding the eggs, industriously stirring the batter and lovingly placing the pans in the oven. Finally, as the father gives the bride away, Jake puts the finishing touches on his magnificent creation: a cake with four tiers, each separated by columns and decorated with pink roses. Hennessy's spritely rhymes and Morgan's detailed, pastel drawings convey the buoyant spirit of this old-fashioned wedding, with just the right amounts of humor and warmth. Ages 2-6.
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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-- Everyone has a part to play in getting ready for the wedding: making the dress, fetching the champagne, stacking up the gifts, and so on. Jake is baking the cake--a gorgeous four-tiered masterpiece. The rhyming scheme and cadence calls to mind Emberley's well-loved Drummer Hoff (Prentice-Hall, 1967; o.p.). "Sally Price bought the rice,/ The best man hired a band,/ Mr. Fine painted the sign,/While Jake baked the cake." The appealing little people bustling about preparing the festivities are Hummel look-alikes--round, rosy, and childlike. The setting, never identified, has the golden thatched-roof look of Mother Goose country. This charming book absolutely insists upon being read aloud. --Joan McGrath, Education Centre Lib . , Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

B. G. Hennessy has authored over 35 children's books including the entire series of CORDUROY lift-the-flap books. With nearly four million books in print in ten languages, her writing awards and honors include two Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Awards an IRA/Children's Choice Award Book and a Best Book of the Year by the Bank Street College of Education. She recently authored CORDUROY LOST AND FOUND, a companion to Don Freeman's beloved Corduroy bear series. More information on her books can be found at www.bghennessy.com. Ms. Hennessy lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona with her family.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
What a joy of a book. The illustrations are so soft and beautiful and really help to tell the story, as they should. The story is about a town getting ready for a wedding. There's just a line or two on each page, and they rhyme, periodically reverting to, "while Jake baked the cake". Both boys and girls 7 and under should enjoy this. My five year boy included.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
"The bride's gown was made in town/the groom's pants arrived from France/the champagne came from Spain/while Jake baked the Cake!" As everyone in town gets ready for a big church wedding, we keep checking in on baker Jake, who isn't quite finished with the fancy wedding cake. Will he finish in time? Toddlers cheer him on by chiming in with the chorus "Jake baked the cake!" A delightful picture book to prepare youngsters for all the preparations that precede a wedding.
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By Amazon Customer on April 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
Our family read and recited this book "one more time" every night for a long time when my three kids were young. Our copy is tattered and i'm replacing it and stocking up for (future) grandkids. Though i don't want to handle the damaged pages any more, i can still tell you that the bridesmaids' roses tickled their noses and the ushers' ties were all the wrong size. But cover your ears when Mrs. King begins to sing!
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Highlights the sound of long a with the repetitive, "while Jake baked the cake." Also highlights the days of the week as everyone (the vicor, tailor, the jewler, the bridesmades, etc.) prepares for a wedding until they all finally get to "eat the cake that is the pride and joy of Master Baker Jake" Wonderful illustrations. Appears to be a seaside village in France.
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