This Colonial American Tale tells the story of Van Amsterdam, the baker, whose red and white iced St. Nicholas cookies become famous. But fame makes the baker greedy. When he begins to use less of his fine quality ingredients, suddenly his breads fall flat, his muffins harden, and his pies taste sour. Then an old woman helps the baker to remember the joy of giving! This is the legend behind the custom of giving thirteen in a "baker's dozen." Illustrated by Susan Gaber. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Publishers: 1988.
This book has been newly republished by August House Publishers (2013)