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Hooray for Bread Hardcover – April 23, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763663115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763663117
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 10 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,226,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-K-A rhyming text and sunny illustrations describe a single day in the life of a loaf of bread. From the first early-morning slice eaten by the baker to the final bit discovered by a mouse long after the baker's family has gone to bed, the slices are turned into toast, sandwiches, snacks for the ducks in the park, and crumbs for the neighborhood birds. After each animal receives its treat, a full-page refrain appears ("Hooray-Woof, Woof-for bread!" says the dog). Pen and watercolor illustrations have a charming retro feel and a friendly pastel palette in a scale perfect for sharing. Unfortunately, the concept seems thin and the rhyme is often labored: "The next two slices made a pair/With butter, cheese, and ham/A sandwich for the baker's boy/And the baker's boy's dog-Sam." In spite of the appealing illustrations, this book is full of yeasty possibilities that just never rise. Additional at best.-Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

A picture book extolling the virtues of bread! At last! Ahlberg gives us a peek of the baking process kicking off his tale, “slice by slice.” The first part of the loaf to go is the crust, of course, which the baker himself enjoys in all “its crusty crunchiness.” The baker’s wife gets breakfast in bread (including toast and tea), the child gets a sandwich, and then, in the first of several animal interludes, we receive a two-page spread of dogs freaking out when the boy throws them pieces: “HOORAY—WOOF, WOOF—FOR BREAD!” The rhymes are hit-and-miss but awfully cute when they work: “The next slice went out for a ride / With the baker’s wife and baby / They fed the fat and feathery ducks / And a couple fishes, maybe.” Though it’s a bit odd when the loaf becomes sentient, Ingman helps it all hang together with pen-and-watercolor illustrations that are fresh-bread warm. A quirky topic handled as if it is perfectly normal—which makes it even quirkier. Preschool-Grade 1. --Daniel Kraus

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By Jane Boyer on July 9, 2014
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Just an "okay" story, I thought
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This was a Birthday present for our grand daughter. We saw it in the news paper and thought it would be a great present.
We enjoyed reading it first and thought what a great present. She has got a lot of enjoyment out of it.
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By ANDREA ARONOWITZ on July 10, 2013
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Bought for my grandchildren whose parents are bakers. They loved the story and the illustrations. I enjoyed the idea of having a story attached to each slice....Very well done
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By Coach A on June 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The clever partnership that delighted readers with the rollicking, high-energy food chase in The Runaway Dinner and the playful backwards fairytale in Previously return with Hooray for Bread. Less frenetic in pace and less snappy and humorous in its prose than the other two books, Hooray for Bread in rhyming text follows the life cycle of a loaf of bread, slice by slice, from the day the bread is born to the last little crumb. We see a baker's family appreciating each slice at various times of the day and sharing bits of bread and crumbs with dogs, ducks, and birds - all of which enthusiastically respond, "Hooray for bread," in animal-speak. The story is an homage to a delicious food that goes nicely with a cup of tea; butter, cheese, and ham; beans; "bread-and-butter soldiers;" or all on its own.

In a playful and unexpected twist, two slices sneak off - perhaps in a nod to The Runaway Dinner. This bit of fun, however, doesn't exactly fit with the story. Neither do the intermittent shouts of "hooray" from the animals which seem out of place with the slightly subdued tone of the overall story. If the tale were more high-spirited throughout, the shouts of celebration for bread would be a better fit. The issue isn't that this book is not as animated as the other two; its flow does not gel as a whole. Still the story works well as a reminder of the many ways a food item may be enjoyed, possibly causing young readers to reflect on the foods we eat and how food nourishes humans and animals. That is something to celebrate.

And those two runaway slices from earlier? They meet up with a few food friends from The Runaway Dinner for a little fun.

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