Walter bakes delicious sweet rolls and breads for his village. The Duke and Duchess particularly enjoy his sweet rolls every morning.
Then disaster strikes! The cat knocks over the milk, and Walter is forced to use water, instead of milk in his sweet rolls. The Duke and Duchess threaten to banish him from the village unless he can come up with a solution.
Walter works all night and cannot come up with anything that works. He throws his last piece of bread onto the ceiling in despair – and comes up with a whole new roll.
Walter the Baker by Eric Carle is billed as a Ready to Read Level Two, but I think any child trying to read it on his own will need help pronouncing some longer and unfamiliar words.
That said, Walter the Baker is a fun story about success stemming from seeming despair.
Recommended for readers ages 5 – 8, depending upon reading level.