From Publishers Weekly
Homey, large-scale paintings and spry cumulative verse describe how a woman prepares dinner for two and how the tables are turned on her. Ages 5-8.
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3– In classic cumulative tale style with elements added one by one, the narrator shows readers first the bread she baked for Ned, and then–the cheese, the salad, the soup, the olives, tulips in a jug, the two soup bowls and spoons–all prepared for Ned’s arrival. When Ned gets home, he brings 13 guests, as well as a few cats and dogs. But there is enough for all, and when the meal is over the guests pitch in and help clean up. The story ends in a satisfying circular way with “I’ll bake again in the morning.” Glenda, the narrator, offers her Ned food for the soul as well as the stomach, and Seltzer’s paintings of both food and people are superlative. Earthy colors are applied opaquely on canvas with the fabric grain showing through. Backgrounds are filled with distinct geometric shapes emphasizing, by contrast, the natural shapes of the earth–the bread, the lettuce, the olives. The braided bread, color and shape, is repeated in a glimpse of the earth through an open window. Definitely a book to savor “again in the morning,” and anytime. –Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, McKinney, TX
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Reading level: Ages 5 and up
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Atheneum; First Edition edition (October 30, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0027332209
- ISBN-13: 978-0027332209
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces