Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Giveaway Part Two: A Saint Nicholas Tale

I'm adding a book to my St. Nicholas Day Springerle Cookie Giveaway! UPDATED 12/6: GIVEAWAY OVER

The Baker's Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale, was written by Aaron Shepard, and sumptuously illustrated by Wendy Edelson.

If you saw my last post, you know I'm really excited about my "sweet" Cookie Giveaway from Springerle Bakery (go HERE for details).

Did you know that St. Nicholas is the patron saint of bakers?

I know your kids will love The Baker's Dozen - it's a story about a baker from "the Dutch colonial town later known as Albany, New York."  His name is Van Amsterdam, and he is well known for his honesty as well as for his fine Saint Nicholas cookies. 

He always gives his customers exactly what they paid for -- not more and not less. So, he was not about to give in when a mysterious old woman came to him on Saint Nicholas Day and insisted that a dozen was 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 expects? 

You'll have to read this story to find out the surprising ending.  It teaches a good lesson about the joy of giving.  And you can make your own St. Nicholas cookies! Aaron has included the recipe at the end of the book (it's also on his website, HERE).

(The Springerle Bakery can only ship to addresses in the U.S., so to be eligible for this giveaway, you must live in the U.S.)
How to enter -
1- Leave a comment here between now and December 5 at 11:59 p.m. (PST) on this post and any others I post through December 5, 2013, to enter this giveaway.
2- Leave a comment on Facebook ("likes" don't count, must be a comment) when I link to any blog posts between now and 11:59 p.m. (PST) on December 5, 2013, to enter this giveaway.
3- Enter as many times as you like between now and 12/5/13.
Giveaway winner announced -
Giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. on December 5, 2013. The winner of this giveaway will be chosen using List Randomizer and announced on St. Nicholas Day - Friday December 6, 2013, at 7:00 a.m. (PST).
Shipping -
1- The winner needs to contact me via e-mail (wendyb[spam]1963@[spam]sbcglobal[dot]net) with their mailing address by 11:59 p.m. (PST) on Saturday, December 7, 2013.  If not, a new winner will be chosen.  
2- The winner's mailing address will also be given to The Springerle Bakery so that the cookies can be shipped on December 10, 2013.


  1. St. Nicholas day is coming! ♥ What a beautiful book to giveaway to honor the day! I just commented on Facebook, too.

  2. Love it. Can we order cookies from this bakery? Do you know a place to buy a St. Nicholas (the bishop, not the guy with 8 tiny reindeer) cookie cutter? The book looks wonderful. Wish we could buy one for every family in the church with kids.

  3. @Valerie - Yes - you can by cookies directly from the bakery (go to my previous post for info: http://goodbooksforyoungsouls.blogspot.com/2013/11/a-sweet-giveaway-for-st-nicholas-day.html. Also, regarding the cookie cutter - go to the St. Nicholas website: http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/cookie-cutters/#i_217

  4. I love learning where old terms come from, this is so interesting! What a beautiful story, I hope to read it soon!

  5. Glad I found your blog! I love your Advent booklist!

  6. Wow..
    Great giveaway / contest.
    I hope I can have similar giveaway like this too.
    Hope everyone enjoy it. Good luck.

  7. Ordered the books for our church bookstore. Love the cookies!

  8. Ordered the book for our church bookstore. Thank you for introducing it to me.


  9. Oh, my goodness. Next year I am really going to have to order Springerle from this bakery before Thanksgiving!!

  10. What a sweet book! We just turned a hollow chocolate Santa into a St. Nicholas (pipe cleaner crozier and felt bishop's hat) and he's waiting by my 4-year-old's shoe as we speak!

  11. matushkaatcoxdotnetThursday, December 05, 2013

    Yes, we have the custom of leaving our shoes out for St. Nicholas. OUr kids, even as adults, look forward to the chocolate coins and small goodies (gift cards these days) that St. Nicholas leaves....in return for their Christmas list.

  12. Loving your blog Wendy! Blessed Feast if St. Nicholas to you!

  13. Thank you! How fun! :)
    Laurie Duffy