The Largest Cake in the World
The Largest Cake in the World is a story adapted from an anecdote about Leonardo da Vinci, who served as the wedding planner for Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan, in 1491. The book was the award-winning work at the 2015 Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
In the story, da Vinci wants to create a cake cathedral for the Duke and Duchess. During the construction process, da Vinci observes and reflects, inventing devices for kneading dough, cracking walnuts, hoisting, and even flying, effectively solving the issue of manual labour.
Apart from its storytelling and educational aspects, the illustrations in the book are also full of artistic atmosphere. The use of various painting techniques such as collage, coloured pencils, and watercolours creates a strong visual impact for readers. The black silhouettes on the last page of the story are the figures from da Vinci’s most famous painting “The Last Supper.”
It is worth mentioning that the endpapers of the picture book also hide all the kitchen utensils invented by da Vinci, such as a barbecue grill, pepper grinder, garlic crusher, and left-handed bottle opener.
Publisher：Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Shelf Number: 1F-新书速递书架
Lexile measure: AD500L
The illustrations in this book are large, vibrant, and colourful, making it perfect for parent-child reading. Students may consider inviting their fathers to read it together and reminisce about the “surprises” or “scares” they have brought to each other.
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