________________ CM . . . . Volume III Number 20 . . . . June 6, 1997

cover Beaver the Baker.

Lars Klinting.
Toronto, ON: Douglas & McIntyre, 1997.
40 pp., hardcover, $15.95.
ISBN 1-55054-252-4.

Preschool - grade 2 / Ages 4 - 7.
Review by Kathleen Kellett-Betsos.

*** /4


Who's that knocking on Beaver's window? It's Frippy! He has come to wish Beaver a happy birthday. Beaver is very glad to see him. But what can he offer his friend? Frippy is always so hungry. We'll make a cake!
image And so Beaver tosses his friend Frippy an apron and off they go! Here's another "How-to book" by Lars Klinting, translated from Swedish, and following in the tradition of Beaver the Carpenter and Beaver the Tailor. Beaver and Frippy search out Grandma's notebook full of recipes, collect up all the necessary ingredients and cooking utensils (a very important step!) and make a cake. They also make a bit of a mess which, of course, they clean up quickly. Klinting makes sure to warn children about the importance of being careful around the hot oven and cake pan. Just as Beaver and Frippy are sitting down to eat the cake, along come Beaver's friends with a gift - a new mixing bowl to replace his old cracked one. At the end of the story, Klinting includes the recipe for "Beaver's cake," in both metric and imperial measurements. image

      The great delight of this book is in Klinting's often humorous illustrations: Frippy perched up on a counter licking cake batter out of the bowl; Beaver and Frippy watching the cake through the oven window ("'Just like TV,'" says Frippy."); Beaver flipping the cake over onto a plate as Frippy looks on anxiously. Of course, the illustrations also serve to help children identify cooking utensils and ingredients which are presented on an uncrowded page. The only slightly confusing element for Canadian audiences might be that the illustration of vanilla extract shows it as a white powder while most of us use plain old brown liquid vanilla extract from a bottle. One really should copy out the recipe before trying it - it would be a shame to get butter on such a lovely book.


Kathleen Kellett-Betsos teaches French language and Quebec/French Canadian civilisation and literature at Ryerson Polytechnic University.

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