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PAT-A-CAKE by R. A. Herman


by R. A. Herman & illustrated by Olga Ivanov & Aleksey Ivanov

Age Range: 1 - 3

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-59354-093-6

The classic nursery rhyme comes to life in this board-book version. One line from the traditional verse tops each spread, while a smaller font at the bottom extends the rhyme and creates a story. After a young boy and his toddler brother wake up the baker, the text follows them through the kitchen as he makes their cake. The final page presents the rhyme in its entirety along with the accompanying hand motions. Herman has perfectly captured the essence of a four-year-old: Billy never ceases the one-sided comments and questions that are preschooler trademarks. Unfortunately, Herman has also captured a common flaw: their lack of manners. “We want a cake! What kind will you make for us?” No “please”; no “thank you.” The Ivanov’s illustrations feature charmingly round-faced characters with bright eyes and expressive faces. The adult is the epitome of a baker, from the tall white chef’s hat to the apron-covered round belly. Parents will smile knowingly at the things that delight Baby: the sticky dough, the flour canister and an opened jar of jam. Motions, a rhyme, a story and attention from a loved-one—what could be a better combination? (Board book. 1-3)