Bread Comes to Life: A Garden of Wheat and a Loaf to Eat

Overview

From a patch of wheatgrass in his backyard, award-winning filmmaker George Levenson takes readers on a tour of bread made from scratch. A thresher, a grinder, and finally a doughy combination of flour, water, yeast, and oil combine to make a freshly baked loaf of whole wheat bread. With energetic, poetic text and vivid photographs, the creative team behind PUMPKIN CIRCLE: THE STORY OF A GARDEN shows children that there's a lot more to this kitchen staple than they might expect. ...
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Overview

From a patch of wheatgrass in his backyard, award-winning filmmaker George Levenson takes readers on a tour of bread made from scratch. A thresher, a grinder, and finally a doughy combination of flour, water, yeast, and oil combine to make a freshly baked loaf of whole wheat bread. With energetic, poetic text and vivid photographs, the creative team behind PUMPKIN CIRCLE: THE STORY OF A GARDEN shows children that there's a lot more to this kitchen staple than they might expect.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This book is so clear and so beautifully expressed, its message of love and food literacy will become a part of the lives of all who read it, regardless of their age.” --Mollie Katzen, author of Moosewood Cookbook and Pretend Soup

“A wonderful way to introduce children to bread. George Levenson connects food and nature in an enchanting and essential way.” --Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse

“Bread Comes to Life captures in simple yet profound images, the wonder, beauty, and, yes, magic of the humble yet majestic journey from wheat to eat.” --Peter Reinhart, award-winning author of The Bread Baker's Apprentice

From the Hardcover edition.

Children's Literature
All kinds of styles are creeping into young nonfiction. There's lyricism in this book and a playful approach that blends the art of photograph and words. The book begins with a double-page spread close-up of a composition of gorgeous breads of all colors, textures and types. The next page introduces children of all kinds who show off a variety of breads—a trio peeks through bagel holes, a girl holds French bread like a bat, and one child smooshes "soft, squishy fluff bread." Then a wacky baker dressed in white shows the process of growing, harvesting and making bread with a spectacular mix of stunning photographs and sparkling words. Award-winning photojournalist Shmuel Thaler and filmaker Levenson prove they know the subject, children, and creating beautiful art. The spare text describing the process of bread-making is followed by two pages of interesting facts, including directions to a website (www.breadcomestolife.com) where you can see a companion video. 2004, Tricycle Press, Ages 3 to 6.
—Susie Wilde
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582462738
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 452,003
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bread lover GEORGE LEVENSON's films, which include the widely praised Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes, are available in most schools and libraries in North America. This story was inspired by the wheatgrass growing in his backyard in Santa Cruz, California.

Award-winning photographer SHMUEL THALER works for the County Sentinel in Santa Cruz, California, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

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Bread is the food we eat every day.
So many kinds. So many ways. White bread.
Black bread.
Small bread.
Tall bread.
Thin bread.
Twin bread.
Dinner rolls.
Bread with holes.
Hard, day-old tough bread.
Bread is toast.
Bread is crumbs.
Bread is pizza.
Bread is buns. How is bread made?
Where is it from? This baker makes his bread from scratch.

From the Hardcover edition.

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