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Walter the Baker

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  411 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
An engaging tale from one of America's most beloved artists and storytellers. When the Duke notices that Walter the baker has substituted water for milk in his sweet rolls, he presents Walter with a challenge: create from one piece of dough a roll the sun can shine through three times, or be banished from the Duchy. Full color.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Aladdin (first published 1972)
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Kathryn
Apr 29, 2011 Kathryn rated it liked it
Shelves: for-my-boys
I have since been informed by my children that 2 stars is a bit harsh. They would like to rate 4 stars so we are compromising. 3 stars it is then.

We are big Carle fans but this book was far from what we have come to expect. The story was a little boring and the characters not relatable nor very kind, at least so far as the Duke/Duchess were concerned. Besides the art, this is a forgettable childrens book, sad as that feels to be saying so. We plan to stick with Carle's early reader animal books
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Weijia Ren
Feb 22, 2016 Weijia Ren rated it it was amazing
This is a good picture book. The medium of the book is collage which is really creative. The typography of the book is formal inside so it is a "serious" story. The tittle of the book on the front cover is like written by chalk. There is Walter the baker and his cat on the front cover so I could tell the story is about about Walter and his cat. The end pages are cute. I like the collage style of the colors on the end pages.
Walter is the best baker in and out of the Duchy. He makes rolls, breads
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Cameron Devaughn
Dec 06, 2014 Cameron Devaughn rated it really liked it
This is one of Eric Carle’s books that the main character isn’t an animal. This is the story of Walter who is possibly the world's best baker. After an unfortunate accident, Walter finds himself on the wrong side of his prince 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 prince’s challenge and create a new treat for the entire world to enjoy. The collage pictures are more detailed in this book than in E ...more
Rachael Mack
Dec 01, 2014 Rachael Mack rated it really liked it
Walter the Baker is a silly story about a baker living in “Duchy”. Walter, the baker, was the best baker in the town and people loved eating whatever he prepared. He always delivered sweet rolls to the Duke and Duchess of Duchy each morning, but one morning Walter made a mistake and was a risk of being banished from town. The Duke gives him one chance to make up for what he had done, and Walter ends up creating a treat that we still love today!
What caught my eye most about this book was actually
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Kenna Hall
Apr 24, 2015 Kenna Hall rated it really liked it
Shelves: tch-lrn-307
This book is a story about a baker who comes up with the invention of the pretzel. Walter bakes treats for the king and queen, but one day he messed up a recipe and was going to be banned from the kingdom unless he made another great treat. He then came up with the idea of the pretzel. This is a fun and interesting book that discusses how hard work and dedication pays off. When Walter needs to get a tasks that he believes is impossible done it shows that when a person puts their mind to somethin ...more
Shauna Walters
Apr 12, 2015 Shauna Walters rated it really liked it
Shelves: t-l-307
This book is a story about a baker who comes up with the invention of the pretzel. Walter is a baker for the royal family, and can’t think of a new pastry to make so the royal family gives him a deadline. This is when he mixes together some ingredients, and create the pretzel. This is a fun and interesting book that discusses how hard work and dedication pays off. When Walter is assigned a task that he believes is impossible to get done it shows that when a person puts their mind to something it ...more
Professor
Aug 10, 2015 Professor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My son loves this book-we're currently reading it to him as often as 3 or 4 times a day. I enjoy its fairy tale account of the invention of the pretzel, and the chance to put on an angry Duke voice that occasionally veers towards a Massachusetts accent (I've lived here too long, clearly-Waltah the Bakah" indeed). It's also providing a fun reference point when I'm making pizza dough and keeping MicroMort occupied by having him "help" me mix, knead, and roll out the dough. It's possible that Micro ...more
Bookstork Buzz
Jan 12, 2016 Bookstork Buzz rated it really liked it
A book about one of my favourite topics - breads!

Walter the baker's delectable rolls are a hit, a favourite of the Duke and Duchess who rule over the Duchy.

"Mmm...!" raves the Duchess.

"Ahhh...!" cries the Duke.

Until the fateful morning when Walter's can of milk tips over. Sweet rolls without milk? Egad! Walter substitutes water, but "Ech!" cries the Duchess.

"What is this?" roars the Duke. "Where is Walter the Baker? Bring him here at once!"

The Duke takes the roll thing a tad too seriously; the
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Laura Gibbs
Sep 29, 2009 Laura Gibbs rated it liked it
This was one of the most unique Eric Carle books I had ever read; I didn’t like it as well as his animal books but it still was cute and had a good theme/lesson. There is a baker, named Walter, in a town surrounded by a wall and he was the best baker around! He made all kinds of bread and people would come from all around to get his bread. The Duke and Duchess had his bread every day as well and loved it! One day, he knocked his milk over and didn’t have anymore, so he uses water instead. The du ...more
Sharlet Mullen
Apr 27, 2013 Sharlet Mullen rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, concept
A book about how the pretzel was invented. At the end of the story there is an informational page explaining that the word pretzel is Latin meaning “arm.” Pretzels were originally eaten during Lent and the shape is based on the position for prayer. Eric Carle wrote this story from a story his grandmother told him as a child. The character Anna in the story is to honor his grandmother. The baker is portrayed in the story resembles his uncle Walter a real baker. The pictures in this book are very ...more
Christina Swain
The main protagonist, Walter Baker is known for his baking goods. This story takes the readers on a tale-spin as Baker invents a new special treat at the end of the story. Although this story is fiction, I wonder if it is loosely based on who the invention in the end became about. Before doing a lesson on this book, I would research the history of the invention, and somehow adapt it into my lesson. This is an excellent book that all upper level Educators could share with their students.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
See if the kids can guess what shape the baker finally makes--and then hand out the treat at the end!
Peyton Jay
Dec 03, 2014 Peyton Jay rated it it was amazing
This is another great classic by Eric Carle to go down in the history books for an amazing book! I always love his illustrations, but I also love how this is one of the few books he does on people vs. just animals. This story was so cute and heartfelt that it made my heart melt, and I cant wait to read it worth my children and class in the future. Another amazing book by Eric Carle!
Kristi Scramlin
Walter was known all over for his delicious rolls, and is one day asked to come up with something different which after multiple failures he came up with what we today call the pretzel. Walter the Baker displays courage and motivation because Walter didn't give up not matter how much he wanted to, he fought through the tough times and came out with something amazing. The story shows kids that no matter how impossible something seems at the time as long as they keep pushing through the negativity ...more
Cara Byrne
Sep 01, 2015 Cara Byrne rated it liked it
This is the closest narrative to a fairy tale that Carle presents - all surrounding a fortunate baker whose accident keeps him in the village and brings joy to all. In telling a fictional story about the creation of the pretzel, Carle demonstrates that good fortune can come from misfortune.
Ms Threlkeld
Oct 08, 2014 Ms Threlkeld rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
As a baker, I may be a bit biased. I enjoyed the descriptions of the different baked goods and, as always, Carle's illustrations are lively. This isn't an accurate telling of how pretzels came to be, though, which is annoying. The duke's reaction to a bad sweet roll also seems extreme.
Darlene
Feb 20, 2009 Darlene rated it it was amazing
genre - fiction

reading level - 4th to 5th grade

topic and theme - about the discovery of the pretzel

curricula use - independent reading book

social - how when you sometimes try to do things without the things that are required and what can happen

literary elements - conflict between characters, and irony

text and pictures - The shading used in the very simplistic pictures adds to subdue the reader.

summary - This book has an interesting twist to it. The baker in the book loses all his milk that he wo
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Voracious_reader
Apr 12, 2014 Voracious_reader rated it it was amazing
Great illustrations. Our two-year-old loves this book. Portions are definitely lost on her. She does enjoy that it contains dialogue. I'd say it's more appropriate for older children in the four-year-old or older range. Good to read with pretzels.
Dani Paiz
The story relays the invention of pretzels by Walter. It's good for narrative skill and print awareness. I'd recommend it for ages 2-4.
Colleen
Jul 10, 2015 Colleen rated it it was amazing
I think that this is a very fun story and that maybe, little bakers will love it:);)
Tina
Aug 07, 2014 Tina rated it liked it
Shelves: for-sprocket
Possibly my favorite art of any Eric Carle book yet. Such a boring story though.
Cindy
Mar 06, 2015 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely story.
Ann
Feb 10, 2011 Ann rated it really liked it
A very fun little fictional book about the invention of the pretzel. Carle's art is always fascinating, but because these pictures are much more complex and detailed than, say, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, it was harder to see the texture of his hand-painted papers, which is my favorite part of his work. But that is a minor flaw, and the story is cute and has a nice folktale quality to it.
Contemplative
Aug 14, 2009 Contemplative rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children
A story by Eric Carle on how pretzels were invented from a purely fictional standpoint. It was one of the first books my girls were exposed to that had anger and pleading for one's life. I was a bit surprised by the intensity of the story but it totally opened up the girls for more recently read fairytale stories with this rather mature tone (when compared to pre-school books). They only requested this story once but the others such as Cinderella and Rapunzel have been read several times.
Nayeli Sanchez
Sep 10, 2013 Nayeli Sanchez rated it really liked it
Walter the Baker


This book is about how the pretzel was created! Walter disappointed the Duke by making his rolls with water one morning, so the Duke made him make a roll that allowed the sun to shine through it three times! after disappointment and frustration Walter created a pretzel by accident. It's a fun interesting story that I think children will enjoy.
Matthew Meehan
Oct 04, 2011 Matthew Meehan rated it really liked it
Walter the Baker is a fun and anxious book about the life of a baker ruled by a king. It tells the story of a man who must create a piece of bread that suits the Duke and Duchess, with hard specifications and, if not, then Walter must leave town. The book is great for children becuase it shows the reality of what it takes for the most simple things in life, such as bread. The collages were also great, a seemingly signature tough by Eric Carle.
Kelley
Feb 23, 2011 Kelley rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book as much as the other Eric Carle books but it still has a fun story- about how the pretzel was created! Walter disappointed the Duke by making his rolls with water one morning, so the Duke made him make a roll that allowed the sun to shine through it three times! So, after much disappointment and frustration, the pretzel was created BY ACCIDENT! It's a fun story but I was not that impressed by it.
Voracious_reader
Apr 26, 2014 Voracious_reader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
Great illustrations. Our two-year-old loves this book. Portions are definitely lost on her. She does enjoy that it contains dialogue. I'd say it's more appropriate for older children in the four-year-old or older range. Good to read with pretzels.
Skylar Burris
Jan 30, 2009 Skylar Burris rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
A myth about the origins of pretzels. My daughter only seemed particularly interested when it briefly appeared the baker might be beheaded, but when she realized that wasn't going to be a plot point, her interest waned again. I don't know if this is a traditional legend or not, but the story seems a bit strained--more than for most legends of origins.
Christina
Nov 27, 2013 Christina rated it it was amazing
Eric Carle does it again with this book. It is a great story about the "invention of the pretzel." Walter learns to overcome obstacles and perseveres to discover something even more special than he usually bakes. I would use this book as a read aloud and perhaps include it in an author's study of Eric Carle.
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Eric Carle (born June 25, 1929) is a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around ...more
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