Author: Aaron Shepard
Illustrator: Wendy Edelson
Genre: Christmas Children's Books
Awards: American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, Trumpet Book Club selection, Valerie and Walter's Best Books for Children
Rating: 5 out of 5 fairies
Where to buy: Amazon
Synopsis: Van Amsterdam the baker was well known for his honesty as well as for his fine Saint Nicholas cookies. He always gave his customers exactly what they paid for -- not more, and not less. So, how could he agree with a mysterious old woman on Saint Nicholas Day when she insists that a dozen is thirteen?
The woman's curse puts an end to the baker's business, and he believes it would take Saint Nicholas to help him. But if he receives that help, will it be exactly what he imagined?
Find out in this inspiring legend from Dutch colonial New York about the birth of an honored American custom.
About the Author: Aaron Shepard is the award-winning author of "The Sea King's Daughter," "The Legend of Lightning Larry," "The Adventures of Mouse Deer," and many more children's books. His stories have appeared often in Cricket magazine, while his Web site is known internationally as a prime resource for folktales, storytelling, and reader's theater.
About the Illustrator: Wendy Edelson has applied her award-winning skills to a wide range of illustration projects, including picture books, pet portraits, posters, puzzles, and fabric design. Her clients have included Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, the Seattle Aquarium, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the U.S. Postal Service, and the American Library Association.
Review: The story is delightful and the illustrations absolutely blew me away. A great story about the legend of the baker's dozen in the US. I highly recommend this for people of all ages and faiths. The story is about the spirit of giving more than anything religious. A beautiful folk tale that brings alive the spirit of the holidays.
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