Horse and Zebra Bake a Cake

Jolly Fish. (Horse and Zebra). Aug. 2023. 48p. Tr $24.27. ISBN 9781631637100; pap. $6.99. ISBN 9781631637117.
K-Gr 2–Horse runs a farm stand where she sells her baked oatcakes. When she sells out at the farm stand, her friend Zebra suggests that they sell them in town next time. Zebra will even do the work pulling the cakes in their wagon. Once again they’re very popular, but after a few weeks the customers are disappointed that there is no variety. Zebra is ready to try something new, but Horse says it’s a family recipe that they can’t change. Zebra creatively launches into the recipe, adding bananas and chocolate chips. But then she goes a bit too far and adds too many new ingredients, including eggplant and spinach. The friends finally compromise and add rainbow sprinkles, because one special ingredient is perfect. The cake wagon is back in business! Along with helpful illustrations on every other page, the words are one or two syllables in length, and the basic, predictable sentence structure will assist the earliest of readers.
VERDICT A good general purchase to expand any beginning reader collection.

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