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Walter the Baker Turtleback – April, 1998

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From the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar comes the story of a baker who invents the pretzel. Carle's whimsical, frenetic collages seem fresh from the oven, even though they were first published 25 years ago. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of more than seventy books for very young children including his most well-known title The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Born in Syracuse, New York, Eric Carle moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Künste, in Stuttgart before returning to the United States, where he worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times and later as art director for an international advertising agency. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 41 million copies and has been translated into sixty-two languages. With his late wife, Barbara, Eric Carle cofounded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002. Eric Carle divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina.

Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of more than seventy books for very young children including his most well-known title The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Born in Syracuse, New York, Eric Carle moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the prestigious art school, the Akademie der bildenden Künste, in Stuttgart before returning to the United States, where he worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times and later as art director for an international advertising agency. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 41 million copies and has been translated into sixty-two languages. With his late wife, Barbara, Eric Carle cofounded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts in 2002. Eric Carle divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina. --This text refers to the Board book edition.
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Product Details

  • Turtleback
  • Publisher: Demco Media; Reprint edition (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606138889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606138888
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Format: Paperback
Loved Eric Carle's illustrations but the story was a bit inane. It starts out well but then veers into the "crash" lane when the baker invents a pretzel to please demanding royalty. Totally bogus but then lets not forget that this is a Ready-to-Read, Level Two book. If this gets a child to read on his or her own I guess we can't quibble about a silly story that has no basis in reality. But really Eric, I think you can do a little better if you really were responsible for the text !

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Format: Hardcover
of the most fascinating tales I've read! Have you ever been in a disaster, so great you didn't know what to do? If so Walter Jr. had the same problem after upsetting the Duke and Ducthess of his home town. Walter, a baker, made delicious sweet rolls for the Duke and Ducthess of his home town. However one day Walter's cat tipped over a can of milk. Walter witnessed the incident and became desperate. "What shall I do?," he thought. He had no fresh milk and without that his rolls tasted awful! Thinking that the Duke and Ducthess wouldn't notice, Walter substituted the milk with water. As soon as the Duke and Ducthess tasted the inferior rolls they called Walter over. The Duke almost banished Walter but quickly thought about how much he'd miss the sweet rolls. He considered giving Walter the ultimate challenge, invent a roll which the rising sun can shine through three times, use one piece of dough, and it must taste good. What will Walter do and what will he make? Read this spectacular book to find out how and what Walter creates!
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Format: Paperback
Walter the Baker by Eric Carle is an excellent resource to have in your classroom for all elementary students. It is the story of a well-liked baker, Walter, who makes amazing sweet rolls that the Duke and Duchess love to eat every morning. Except one night, Walter's cat spilled all of the milk he needed to make the sweet rolls and had to use water instead! Needless to say, the Duke and Duchess were not happy, and threatened to banish him from their land forever. Walter's only chance of staying was to make a great-tasting pastry through which the sun could shine 3 times. At the last minute, Walter did it...the pretzel! The Duke and Duchess loved it and let him stay in their land. This book can be used in many different ways in the classroom. It can be used as a fun story to tell young children, a lesson on cooking/pretzels for 2nd-3rd graders, and even a social studies lesson on the caste system of the rulers and the workers for older ementary grades. I recommend this book to any teacher to have in their classroom!
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Format: Paperback
This is the tale of Walter who is possibly the world's best baker. After an unfortunate accident, Walter finds himself on the wrong side of his Duke and is faced with possible banishment! Walter uses all his talents in the kitchen and with a bit of good fortune he is able to satisfy the Duke's challenge and create a new treat for the entire world to enjoy. We received this book as a gift before moving to Germany. My children were 1 and 5 at the time and both loved it. Even my restless one year old could sit though the whole story. Collage pictures (a Carle trademark) are more detailed in this book than in Carle's more elementary stories. Here we have background - a kingdom, people standing in line outside the bakery, a large group of horses and dogs in a scene. The pictures alone entertained my girls for hours as they choose their favorite horse, dog and pretzel in the pictures and made up their own stories of the other characters pictured. This is a great book for anyone who likes a make believe tale of how things could have been invented. It is a nice story about working hard to solve a problem even when it is seems "unfair". It is a great book for reading in Germany with bakeries on every corner and so many pretzels to choose from!
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A Kid's Review on October 2, 2003
Format: School & Library Binding
Walter the Baker is good book.It's about a baker and his wife.They make the best food in the whole village.Everyone rushes in the morning to buy their goods.Even the prince.Till one day the cat accidently runs into the milk.So the prince gets very angry with his bread.So he has to come up with something before time runs out.Something the prince will be happy with.So he trys so hard to make something.It teaches your mistakes can turn out good. That change isn't always bad.This book is probaly for children between the ages of 6 and 8.
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Format: Paperback
A book about one of my favourite topics - breads!

Walter the baker's delectable rolls are a hit, a favourite of the Duke and Duchess who rule over the Duchy.

"Mmm...!" raves the Duchess.

"Ahhh...!" cries the Duke.

Until the fateful morning when Walter's can of milk tips over. Sweet rolls without milk, egad! Walter substitutes water, but "Ech!" cries the Duchess.

"What is this?" roars the Duke. "Where is Walter the Baker? Bring him here at once!"

The Duke takes the roll thing a tad too seriously; the error is unforgiveable! Walter will have to redeem himself or be banished from the Duchy forever! The Duke orders Walter to bake a roll "...through which the rising sun can shine three times..." AND decides the spoiled, irate Duke, made from a single piece of dough, too - go figure!

Will Walter the Baker meet the challenge? Is it good-bye Duchy forever?

A ridiculous fuss over a poorly made roll, but I did enjoy this original tale about the (fictitious) origins of the pretzel. Carle's unique style of illustrating is smart and cozy and colorful, and so quaint it adds to the fun.
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