Pretzels by the Dozen is a bit of a departure–it’s a nonfiction picture book that relates the true history of pretzels. I read somewhere that the first pretzel was created in order to teach children about God, and that was all it took to send me on a quest to learn everything I could about pretzels.
They actually have an amazing history! So I created this picture book and combined elements of counting, rhythm and rhyme, and history–and even included a recipe for pretzels at the end!
You can even sing the book, if you know the tune to “Sing a Song of Sixpence.” That’s how I checked my meter in each verse–I sat there and sang it!
My favorite fan letter about this book came shortly after its publication–from Auntie Anne, of Auntie Anne’s pretzels (those kiosks you see in lots of malls).