The Little Bitty Bakery, by Atlanta author Leslie Muir, with illustrations by Caldecott Honoree Betsy Lewin, is a charming addition to your child’s summer reading list. Because it’s a picture book told in rhyme, it’s perfect for reading aloud to your favorite little one. Just pour a couple of glasses of iced lemonade, find a chair under a shady tree, and let your child snuggle in your lap as you share the delightful words and pictures.
The story concerns a little elephant who makes pastries for a bakery. She works hard all day on her birthday, but when it’s time to hang up her apron, her heart is heavy. She hasn’t had a birthday party to enjoy. Wearily, she climbs into bed to sleep, leaving cookie crumbs and raisin bread on the kitchen counter.
Then, as moonlight brightens up the kitchen, there’s a rustle and a stir among the whisks and spoons. Tiny mice appear, peeking out of pans and around sugar canisters. Whatever are they doing, prowling around at this late hour? Are they going after the sweet leftovers? What will the little pastry chef find, when she wakes up the next morning?
You’ll want to read this book to discover what the mice have in mind. When you finish, check out the yummy-sounding recipes on the last page.
The Little Bitty Bakery is a summery treat to share with your children. Don’t miss this one.
The Little Bitty Bakery, by Leslie Muir. Pictures by Caldecott Honoree Betsy Lewin. Published by Disney Hyperion Books, New York, 2011. Releases on August 30, 2011, but available for pre-order now through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or wherever books are sold.