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Bread Is for Eating

by David and Phillis Gershator
Illustrated by Emma Shaw Smith

Published by Henry Holt, 1995
28 pages
ISBN: 0-8050-3173-1

Ages 4 - 8

When her little boy leaves bread on his plate, Mamita says, "Bread is for eating." Gently she reminds him of the elements ripening the seeds and the people harvesting grain. She sings of these things, of millers and bakers, of family members working to earn money to buy bread, and "...of people around the world, dreaming of bread." Readers are invited to think in new ways because of the warm, rich colors of the ink drawings on every page and the endpages, too. Spanish and English words are provided along with a musical notation for the short title song, the Spanish language refrain of which is part of the English language text. The book's restrained energy combined with the unusual perspectives and detailed borders of the art makes it one to re-read, sing, remember. CCBC categories: THE ARTS; EASY FICTION; PICTURE BOOKS; ACTIVITIES.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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