Timothy and Sarah: The Homemade Cake Contest
Timothy and Sarah: The Homemade Cake Contest

Timothy and Sarah: The Homemade Cake Contest



32 Pages, 9.75 x 9.75

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book

Hardcover Picture Book, $16.99 (US $16.99) (CA $19.99)

Publication Date: April 2015

ISBN 9781940842028

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A tale of civic action among a town of mice teaches lessons about teamwork, initiative, good sportsmanship, and the importance of relationships between old and young


When Miss Flora visits the home of twins Timothy and Sarah, she laments to their mother that a building that was once a vibrant gathering place for the entire town is now dilapidated and considered by many to be haunted. Together, Mother and Miss Flora come up with a plan to hold a cake-baking contest to generate the money needed to refurbish the building. As news of the contest spreads throughout the town, everyone from young to old responds with enthusiasm. When the day of the contest arrives, beautiful cakes of all shapes, sizes, and flavors are ready to be judged and then sold. Young listeners and readers delight to the fantastic cakes as well as to the surprising results of the contest.


". . . the mouthwatering spreads of cake after cake, all elaborately decorated, are hard to resist. Basho’s anthropomorphized mice are sweetly old-fashioned in their dress, mannerisms and surroundings." —Kirkus Reviews

"From young to old, and old to young — a human being’s full circle journey. What seemed especially 'Japanese' to me was this reverence and respect for the elderly, something that is inherent in Asian culture but is sometimes lacking in Western society, where old people become invisible and are often cast aside. In The Homemade Cake Contest, the elderly are a vital part of the community, and I think it’s important for children to see that. This sweet story with its old fashioned flavor is interesting on several levels. Enjoy it with a cup of warm tea. :)" —Jama Rattigan, Jama's Alphabet Soup, jamarattigan.com

Author Biography

Midori Basho is a Japanese children’s book author. She is the author of The Birthday Present, which is the first book of 13 in the Timothy and Sarah Picture Book series. The Homemade Cake Contest is the first English translation of her work.