The title page shows an idyllic small-town bakery in the moonlight. The first double spread shows a rotund, smiling baker creating one perfect éclair. The illustration includes a smiley-faced wall clock striking five o’clock in the morning. The second shows two German chocolate cakes. Our baker works his way from one to twelve with a selection of sumptuous treats. Each double spread includes a picture of the newest sweet, a rhyming sentence describing it, and the numeral. Some of the rhymes are a bit forced, but they will work well with the youngest of children. The illustrations provide an opportunity to let children count the objects. Whether children will know the difference between tarts and tortes is questionable, but the pictures make it clear that they are all yummy.
True to the title, after baking twelve cupcakes, the last page reads, “At last his job’s complete—now thirteen folks to greet!” allowing adults to explain the expression, the baker’s dozen. A recap of all the baked goods is included, providing an additional opportunity for children to count and recall each item.
The smiley-faced clock reappears periodically showing how much time has elapsed as he works. At eight o’clock he’s ready to greet his customers. This provides another opportunity for teachers to introduce telling time with a non-digital clock.
The illustrations are big and bold and definitely tempting. This is a simple confection that will make you smile. The Baker’s Dozen has more than enough sweetness to make this counting lesson fun to swallow.
Check the WRL Catalog for The Baker’s Dozen