Are your antennae twitching? What’s the buzz?
It’s 3 p.m. and tea time!
Hope you’re wearing a fancy day dress and bonnet, maybe have a favorite parasol to twirl while you’re queuing up with all the other tony arthropods. Get ready to wrap your lips around trays and trays of delectable sweets!
In The Tiny Baker, a whimsically delicious new picture book by Hayley Barrett and Alison Jay (Barefoot Books, 2020), we are treated to a lyrical and visual feast that’s cuter than a bug’s ear.
The baker in question appears to be a honeybee, whose tearoom is always crawling with business.
Her customers line up in rows.
Antennae wave well-bred hellos.
They’re always elegantly dressed,
Silk gowns or trousers neatly pressed.
They wait to try her lemon tarts,
Her sugar-sprinkled cookie hearts,
To sample her pecan pralines
And nibble lacy florentines.
Just before she opens her doors, the bee baker makes sure her “pantry is pristine,” while her “spotty squad” of ladybug pastry chefs busily mix, whisk, and stir.
Then she’s happy to welcome and seat a group of elegant ants, mentioning her “sublime éclairs” while pouring them pink lemonade or freshly made rose-hip iced tea.
But “in the kitchen trouble brews”: a fragrant breeze brings urgent news, prompting the ladybug assistants to suddenly swarm off — every last one of them! Disaster!Continue reading