The Only Way to Make Bread

Tundra. Oct. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780735271760.
PreS-Gr 2–Bustling spread-length illustrations show adults and children coming together to gather ingredients, mix, knead, shape, and bake various types of bread. Under the watchful guidance of adults, children observe and work alongside the grown-ups. Text and illustrations celebrate family traditions. The narrative points out that a spoon or hands may be used to mix and knead; but: “I like to use my hands because that’s how my papi taught me.” Colorful pencil renderings in warm hues of yellow, brown, and red, convey the wide-eyed wonder of gazing upon rising dough. It ends with a parade of proud bakers, young and old, carrying their fresh baked breads to eat and share together in a joyful outdoor celebration. Appendices briefly describe 11 breads from around the world, including recipes—arepas made with white corn flour, popular in Latin America, and pandesal, a Filipino roll.
VERDICT This lively celebration of bread offers a welcome emphasis on diversity and collaboration. A warm and engaging read-aloud, it is also an excellent resource for caregivers and teachers.

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