Walter the Baker

by Eric Carle
Illustrator Eric Carle

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | April 30, 1995 | Picture Books

Walter the Baker is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
Walter the Baker is famous for his breads, rolls, cookies, tarts, and pies. The Duke and Duchess especially love his warm sweet rolls, delivered fresh to their castle every morning. But one day the cat spills the milk, and Walter is forced to serve the Duke and Duchess rolls made with water. After one bite the Duke throws down his roll in disgust and summons Walter to the castle. He threatens to banish the baker unless he can take the same dough and make a good-tasting roll that the rising sun can shine through three times. Will Walter succeed in his task, or will he have to leave his town forever?
With good humor and the vibrantly colored paper collages that are known and loved the world over, Eric Carle has concocted a delicious book that kids will savor as much as they love eating...shhh...pretzels!

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 40 pages, 11.81 × 8 × 0.5 in

Published: April 30, 1995

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0689800789

ISBN - 13: 9780689800788

Appropriate for ages: 4

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tale This is the tale of Walter who is possibly the world's best baker. After an unfortunate accident, Walter finds himself on the wrong side of his Duke and is faced with possible banishment! Walter uses all his talents in the kitchen and with a bit of good fortune he is able to satisfy the Duke's challenge and create a new treat for the entire world to enjoy. We received this book as a gift before moving to Germany. My children were 1 and 5 at the time and both loved it. Even my restless one year old could sit though the whole story. Collage pictures (a Carle trademark) are more detailed in this book than in Carle's more elementary stories. Here we have background - a kingdom, people standing in line outside the bakery, a large group of horses and dogs in a scene. The pictures alone entertained my girls for hours as they choose their favorite horse, dog and pretzel in the pictures and made up their own stories of the other characters pictured. This is a great book for anyone who likes a make believe tale of how things could have been invented. It is a nice story about working hard to solve a problem even when it is seems "unfair". It is a great book for reading in Germany with bakeries on every corner and so many pretzels to choose from!
Date published: 2009-08-26

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Walter the Baker

by Eric Carle
Illustrator Eric Carle

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 40 pages, 11.81 × 8 × 0.5 in

Published: April 30, 1995

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0689800789

ISBN - 13: 9780689800788

From the Publisher

Walter the Baker is famous for his breads, rolls, cookies, tarts, and pies. The Duke and Duchess especially love his warm sweet rolls, delivered fresh to their castle every morning. But one day the cat spills the milk, and Walter is forced to serve the Duke and Duchess rolls made with water. After one bite the Duke throws down his roll in disgust and summons Walter to the castle. He threatens to banish the baker unless he can take the same dough and make a good-tasting roll that the rising sun can shine through three times. Will Walter succeed in his task, or will he have to leave his town forever?
With good humor and the vibrantly colored paper collages that are known and loved the world over, Eric Carle has concocted a delicious book that kids will savor as much as they love eating...shhh...pretzels!

About the Author

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, Eric Carle moved to Germany in 1935 with his parents and was educated there. He studied graphic design at the Academie der bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. He returned to America in 1952 and worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times, and later as art director for an international advertising agency. His first two books, 1,2,3 to the Zoo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, gained him immediate international recognition. The latter title, now considered a modern classic, has sold over twelve million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than twenty languages.

He says that the inspiration for Walter the Baker came from two sources: an old story that was told to him by his grandmother, and his uncle Walter, who owned a bakery. "I remember visiting him when I was a young boy, in his bakery, with all the sweet smells described in this book."

From Our Editors

With a sprightly text and his most vibrantly colored collage illustrations to date, Carle tells the story of Walter, the best baker in the Duchy who, under creative pressure, invents the pretzel. Based on a German folktale passed down to Carle by his grandmother, this delightful story illustrates how necessity and accidents are the mother and father of invention. Full color

Appropriate for ages: 4

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