PPBF: Hooray for Bread

Author: Allan Ahlberg
Illustrator: Bruce Ingman
Publisher: Candlewick Press, 2013
Age: 3 – 7 yrs
Themes: bread, stories in rhyme
Opening: This is the tale of a loaf of bread, from the day it was born in a baker’s oven, baking hot on a cold and frosty morn.

Bread Dreams

Summary: A day in the life of a loaf of bread that is baked early in the morning and enjoyed slice by slice by the baker and his wife as well as their son, a dog, ducks, fish, birds, and finally a tiny mouse that nibbles up the last crumbs. “A book to read for breakfast. A book to read in bed. A tasty tale sold slice by slice. Hooray, hooray …for bread!”

Why I like this book: As I have enjoyed this duo’s other books, Runaway Dinner and The Pencil, so I jumped right in on this delightful romp around the kitchen. I like the simple, light-hearted illustrations with a warm hue – mmm, like fresh baked!

Resources/Activities: Bake some bread of course! Find an easy recipe HERE; If you can’t bake in a classroom, why not bring in a few loaves to share: have ‘tea, a drink with jam and bread’ (and play DoReMi in the background! Wink at Beth Stilborn!); talk about what we like to eat on bread, with bread, and why it is an important staple of the American diet.

For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE:

35 thoughts on “PPBF: Hooray for Bread

  1. Oh now you’ve got me singing Do-Re-Mi! This is my kind book – with baking bread and all sorts of animals. 🙂 I haven’t looked at your link for bread making yet but I use the no-knead artisan bread recipe that is super, duper easy and tastes like something I’d get in Europe!


  2. Ah, me….our family is gluten free (except me)….it’s not too often I get to smell that wonderful scent of ‘real’ bread baking anymore. Sounds like a unique read. (Everyone seems to be on the same wave length today….Wendy Greenley reviewed The Pencil, and mentioned Journey which is what Joanna Marple reviewed!)


  3. I am finally here to learn more about this new treat! (The bread and the new book by a duo I adore) If it were up to me, I’d anthropomorphize everything. It’s too much fun. 🙂


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