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SUN BREAD by Elisa Kleven


by Elisa Kleven & illustrated by Elisa Kleven

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: May 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-525-46674-6
Publisher: Dutton

The winter winds are whipping through the village, leaving everyone cold and disheartened—and the baker decides to change all that with a loaf of bread. The washed-out colors of winter surround the frozen village, where the villagers yearn for the warmth of the sun. The baker takes some flour, yeast, sugar, and eggs and kneads it into a rich loaf of bread shaped like the sun. As it bakes, the loaf begins to grow, filling the whole village with its warmth. The residents—porcupines, pigs, giraffes, monkeys, and birds—all come out to see and sample this amazing yeasty creation. As their joy grows, the real sun wakes up to see what’s what. The animals rejoice and find their gloom drifting away as they are warmed by its rays and the rich flavor of the bread. The poetic lines of this tale swirl and arc around the illustrations, giving the illusion that the wind is blowing them to and fro. The brightly colored drawings made from paint and collage complement this tale of winter turning to spring. On the back cover and jacket is a recipe for sun bread, which, “alas, won’t make you fly. But, it is heavenly light and high.” Though not an especially riveting story, the richly detailed illustrations, with the promise of an accompanying activity, hold alchemy of their own. (Picture book 4-7)