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The Duchess Bakes a Cake

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The Duchess Bakes a Cake by Virginia Kahl

A long time ago there lived over the waters, a Duchess, a Duke and their family of daughters. Everything went smoothly and happily in this large family, until one day the Duchess decided to make: A lovely light luscious delectable cake. Would she take the cook’s advice? No, she would not. The Duchess put many things into the cake, adding the yeast six times for good measure. So the cake rose, and the Duchess with it — and how were they to get her down again?

It is Gunhilde, the youngest of the daughters, who suggests a happy solution.

Author: Virginia Kahl

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The author is also the illustrator.

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Online Units and Resources for The Duchess Bakes a Cake

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Why are we featuring this book?

The Duchess Bakes a Cake is a book featured in Five in a Row, a literature-based unit study curriculum. Many families use FIAR for all but the grammar/reading and math, and others use it in conjunction with other resources. Above is information about the author and illustrator, story summaries, and links to lesson plans and websites that are great go-alongs for The Duchess Bakes a Cake. Please note that these resources are meant to complement, not replace, the Five in a Row units. The Five in a Row volumes are inexpensive and well worth the investment.

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