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The Baker's Dozen: A Counting Book Hardcover – July 24, 2007


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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-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 Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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"The icing drips and runs / atop four sticky buns." With a simple rhyme and clear, mouth-watering illustrations, this counting book is about a plump, exuberant baker in a tall, white hat who makes delicious goods, from 1 éclair to 8 warm strudels and 12 small cupcakes. Then, at the end, 13 eager customers ("a baker's dozen") come to buy the treats. In his kitchen with a big stone oven and no electronic tools, the baker "draws doodles / on eight warm strudels" and balances 10 little tortes on his finger. A final double-page spread lays out everything for a final count. The diverse names of the cakes, pastries, and cookies are part of the mix, and preschoolers will find the messy baking play as much fun as the food. Rochman, Hazel
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (July 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805078096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805078091
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Fowler HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Everyone loves to learn to count and it is especially fun if you are counting yummy things. The bake gives a wink, licks his lips while he puts a cherry on top of the whipped cream on that éclair. His smile is even wider when "in the oven he bakes two German chocolate cakes." He does an amazing balancing act when he balances not one, not two, but three cherry pies . . . two on the tips of his pointer fingers and one on the top of his left shoe. Counting food can be fun!

"The icing drips and runs
atop four sticky buns.

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He rolls the dough and then
he cuts five cookie men.

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On and on the baker bakes and rhymes, making it easy and fun for the young reader to learn, count and wink right along with the baker until he gets to the baker's dozen. "At last his job's complete--now thirteen folks to greet!" On the last two pages all the luscious treats are numbered and illustrated. This is a wonderful, original and funtastic counting book. This would be the perfect choice to read with any youngster, especially on baking day when he or she can sample one, no two (maybe three) of your favorite cookies!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Rindegard on January 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I checked this out from the library for my then almost 3 year old boy and he loves it. Had to return it finally to the library and others keep checking it out so time for us to purchase it. Beautiful, cheery pictures of jolly baker doing his thing with yummy looking treats. Fun to read out loud. Simple but a favorite.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a cute concept book where the numbers 1 to 13 are explored.

The rhymes are fun, and the rosy cheeked baker is delightfully sweet as he whips up all sorts of goodies.

"With nuts of many sorts
he bakes ten little tortes."

"With fruit from mixing bowls
he fills six jelly rolls."

What doesn't quite work are some of the pictures. I don't know about you but when I sit down with little ones and a counting book, we count. Most of the items are large enough for tiny pointer fingers, but for the number 10, the tortes are ridiculously small and would require a high degree of accuracy.

The two pages at the end that have all the numbers partly makes up for this lapse, but it would have been nice if every example had been well done.
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By 2 boys' Mom on February 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We checked this out of the library to help our 4 year old recognize written numbers. It is wonderful! The numbers are spelled out in the rhyme and then the numeral is printed in large text after the rhyme so children can learn both ways. The number is large enough where your child can trace it with his finger, which is another learning element. Plus, the illustrations are wonderful! Our 2 year old loves this book too. This might be a book that we actually buy.
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