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Hooray for Bread

coverThis picture book by Allan Ahlberg for children 3 to 5 years old is a playful tale about the journey of one loaf of bread as it provides nourishment to people and animals.

The baker uses his talent to make it and then delights in sampling it. The bread gives joy to his wife who is eating breakfast in bed. Then she makes a sandwich for her son’s lunch. Meanwhile, the loaf of bread sits on a shelf “dreaming of fields of wheat, perhaps, and humming to itself.” In the park, the baker’s wife feeds bits of the bread to ducks and a few fish. More crumbs are given to birds waiting on the garden wall.

Following the trail of this loaf of bread, we find ourselves feeling grateful for this precious food and for all the ways it connects us with others (Candlewick).


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