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Mr Belinski's Bagels Paperback – January 1, 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
Mr. Belinsky's bagels are the toast of the town. His poppy seed bagels help soothe Mrs. Alperstein's many ailments, while Frankie the would-be tough guy is hooked on the onion bagels. So when Mr. Belinsky's son, Victor, encourages him to expand and bake other goods, he replies: "Should a doctor fix leaky pipes? No!.... Should Belinsky make fancy cakes? NO! I make bagels. Bagels is what I make. And that's that." But after a fancy bakery opens across the street, he starts to turn out dainty pastries. The new line is a hit, but every night, "his hands felt... as though they were missing something. But he couldn't remember what." Predictably, Belinsky is soon back to bagels and, of course, back to his spiel ("I make bagels. Bagels is what I make"). Czernecki's (The Cricket's Cage) flat compositions and matte gouaches reinforce the old-fashioned tone. However, the illustrations are also fairly static, and the characters' faces look strangely vacant, even when they gaze upon the longed-for bagels. All ages.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ages 4^-7. Nice Mr. Belinsky has made bagels, and only bagels, for years, and he has a devoted clientele: Mrs. Alperstein likes poppy seed; tough-guy-with-a-big-heart Frankie likes onion; and Jacob, Mr. Belinsky's helper, likes pumpernickel. When a fancy bakery opens across the street, Mr. Belinsky decides to compete by making cakes and cookies. His business booms, but it isn't long before he discovers that his increased earnings are not worth the loss of his valued friends. If the story is a bit weak, the message is solid and the artwork winning. Czernecki's primitive-style illustrations are simple, yet nicely detailed, and their blocks of bright, flat color will draw children into the story. A little bagel history rounds out the book. Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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