The Baker's Dozen: A Colonial American Tale

The Baker s Dozen A Colonial American Tale One of the first books from this award winning creative team The baker Van Amsterdam becomes known far and wide in Colonial America for his St Nicholas cookies and in his prosperity becomes stingy a

  • Title: The Baker's Dozen: A Colonial American Tale
  • Author: Heather Forest Susan Gaber
  • ISBN: 9781939160706
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of the first books from this award winning creative team The baker Van Amsterdam becomes known far and wide in Colonial America for his St Nicholas cookies and, in his prosperity, becomes stingy about his ingredients When an old woman buys a dozen cookies from him and expects to receive 13, he withholds the last one His business falls off until the day she returnsOne of the first books from this award winning creative team The baker Van Amsterdam becomes known far and wide in Colonial America for his St Nicholas cookies and, in his prosperity, becomes stingy about his ingredients When an old woman buys a dozen cookies from him and expects to receive 13, he withholds the last one His business falls off until the day she returns for 12 cookies, and he gives her an extra measure After that, the custom of offering a baker s dozen or 13 items is secure Graber s elegant watercolors are vivid and stylized, showing a dusted palette of burgundies with charcoal and burnished oranges Publishers Weekly

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    1. A short, engaging story about the origin of "the Baker's dozen." I wish there were more folktales from the colonial times in America! My son and I loved this one! We often go to our neighborhood bagel store to purchase bagels. We always receive a baker's dozen!

    2. The Baker’s Dozen (1989) Retold by Heather Forest and Illustrated by Susan GaberThis picture book tells the story of Van Amsterdam, a baker of great renown, who lived in the American Colonies in 1655. His bakery is extremely prosperous until he is visited by an old woman who orders a dozen pastries. When Van Amsterdam gives her the typical 12 pastries, she is disgusted that she is not given 13, which means a dozen to her. After this exchange, Van Amsterdam’s business goes downhill, as he los [...]

    3. Title: The Baker's Dozen (A Colonial American Tale)Author: Heather Forest & Susan GaberPublisher: August House/Little FolkPublished: 9-10-2013ISBN: 13-978-1-03016-6070-6Pages: 32Genre: Children's LiteratureTags: Fiction, Fairy TaleA story of how the bakers dozen came into being. Van Amsterdam was a baker who built up his business until people came far and wide to buy his wares. Then one day an old woman comes into his shop to buy a dozen cookies when he only put in twelve she told him he sti [...]

    4. I love folktales and THE BAKER'S DOZEN was a fun one. Though principally a tale about why a 'bakers dozen' is 13 instead of 12, there are some other lessons tucked into the story that one can discuss with older children. The story begins with Van Amsterdam a successful baker. The man is renown for his Christmas cookies and does a brisk business in them. All is well until Van Amsterdam realizes that if he just short changes his famous recipe, just a little bit, that he can make even more profit p [...]

    5. kachildrensbookreviewsspoWe received this book to give an honest review.K and I really both enjoyed this story being told. Baker Van Amsterdam ends up making amazing St. Nicholas cookies which ends up him having a lot of money, but it seems having a lot of money is making him greedy. Baker Van Amsterdam learns a lesson on being greedy when a woman comes in to buy a dozen cookies and only gets twelve. Things turn upside down for this baker until his lesson is learned and he does the right thing. [...]

    6. I love folktales and THE BAKER'S DOZEN was a fun one. Though principally a tale about why a 'bakers dozen' is 13 instead of 12, there are some other lessons tucked into the story that one can discuss with older children. The story begins with Van Amsterdam a successful baker. The man is renown for his Christmas cookies and does a brisk business in them. All is well until Van Amsterdam realizes that if he just short changes his famous recipe, just a little bit, that he can make even more profit p [...]

    7. Una "dozzina del panettiere/pasticcere"* è un uso americano, a quanto pare ancora presente da qualche parte, che consiste nel ricevere tredici "pezzi" (biscotti, panini, dolci) quando se ne ordinino una dozzina: ossia nell'ottenere un piccolo omaggio.Questo delizioso volumetto spiega le origini dell'usanza ricorrendo a una leggenda, e insegnando che l'onestà e la generosità premiano e arricchiscono molto più dell'avarizia - con l'aiuto di una fata un po' irritabile, che a quanto pare dal cas [...]

    8. The Baker's Dozen was an extremely entertaining book. I found that the story revealed such deep messages. I loved how the baker's story shared lessons on true prosperity, sincerity of heart, and the importance of humility. I was able to see how the lure of greed could impact the human soul and also how there is a blessing that resides in repentance. Excellent! I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The words I have shared are my own.

    9. The kids and I enjoyed reading this story together. They liked the pictures and I liked how there was a message being told. Both kids said that the baker should have been nice to the old woman the first time and given her the extra cookie. I never knew why a bakers dozen was 13 instead of 12, so this folktale shed light on that question.I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    10. ARC via NetGalley Well-written and well-illustrated picture book retelling the supposed origin of the 'baker's dozen.' Children should enjoy it, although expect more than a few to question if the baker in the tale is really redeemed or hoodwinked into giving away goods for free.

    11. Everything you want in a good folktale: A greedy baker who learns his lesson, that only by being generous can one become prosperous. Just right for second and third graders, too, which is generally the age students start talking about folktales.

    12. This book told the historic tale of a Colonial baker in Albany, NY who learned that greed does not make one rich, and how the custom of 13 cookies being a "baker's dozen" came about. The illustrations were nice, but nothing spectacular.

    13. The Baker's Dozen is a delightful tale with beautiful illustrations and a good message or two. It would make a great gift for little children.

    14. A nice little cautionary tale with a bit of colonial history tossed in. This would be a nice addition to a library holiday collection.

    15. Charming story for young readers and the read-to-me set about the origin of the saying "baker's dozen". The story in entertaining, the illustrations delightful Recommended for all.

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