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A stingy baker who offends a mysterious old woman suffers misfortune in his business, until he discovers what happens when generosity replaces greed
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PreSchool-Grade 3-- This original story explains the origin of a baker's dozen, but Greeson provides the historically accepted source in an author's note. One day a witch enters Jan Van Amsterdam's bakery, asking for a dozen cookies. She refuses to take the 12 cookies Jan offers, and demands that he add one more for the same price. Jan refuses. Shortly thereafter, trays of Jan's cookies disappear before they can be sold. When the witch visits Jan a second time and is again refused an extra cookie, Jan's loaves of bread float up into the sky. After her third visit and Jan's subsequent refusal, he returns home to find that his son has been turned into a cookie boy. A piece of angel cookie lying on the floor transforms itself into a real angel, who advises Jan to "let thirteen be twelve and twelve be thirteen." The next time the witch appears, he gives her 13 cookies, thus breaking her magic spell on both his shop and his son. From that day onward, Jan always gives his customers a baker's dozen. This story has the right ingredients for young readers--cookies, a witch, magic spells, and an angel. The colorful hand-painted linoleum prints enhance the events in the story as it unfolds. Bold black borders frame both text and illustrations. The pictures show up well at a distance, making the book a good choice for a group storytime. --Laura Culberg, Chicago Public Library Cultural Center
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Book Description Carolrhoda Books, 1990. Library Binding. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110876143788
Book Description Carolrhoda Books, 1990. Condition: New. David LaRochelle (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0876143788