How to Bake A Book

How to Bake A Book

Book - 2014
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A young girl shares her recipe for baking the perfect book, from breaking ideas into a cup to adding periods and capital letters, with a pinch of good, a dash of bad, and carefully cut out characters mixed in.
Publisher: Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2014
ISBN: 9781492606512
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm


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SPL_Childrens Jan 12, 2015

“I’ll break some ideas into a cup. I’ll beat them, whisk them, mix them up. I’ll weigh out the words – just enough. Choosing the right ones can be tough!”

As a little girl follows the recipe to concoct the perfect story, she is very careful to follow the exact instructions. She chooses her words carefully and mixes in some happy words, some noisy words, some peaceful words and the necessary punctuation. Feelings, colours, sounds and pictures add flavor to the story mix, which must be stirred together thoroughly. Characters must be carefully cut out.

Then the girl waits a little while to let the mixture sit.

After that, she rolls the story dough out. As she spoons it into a pan, she is careful to include the filling (the action). When she turns up the heat on the stove, the mixture starts to bubble and the story’s plot begins to thicken.

Later, when the story is baked, there is still a glaze of happiness (the ending) and some decorations (illustrations) to add. Then it’s finished! All that’s left is for everyone to enjoy her carefully-made story treat.

Ella Burfoot’s story, told in rhyming text, is an entertaining look at what goes into the creative process of writing and illustrating a picture book.


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