- Age Range: 2 - 6 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 1
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st 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: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.
"The icing drips and runs
atop four sticky buns.
He rolls the dough and then
he cuts five cookie men.
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!