SEVEN LOAVES OF BREAD by Ferida Wolff

SEVEN LOAVES OF BREAD

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Each day, Millie bakes seven loaves--one each for the dog, hen, goat, and rooster, and a peddler, an elderly neighbor, and her lazy housemate, Rose. When Milly takes sick, Rose bakes, but since she doesn't ``like to work any harder than she [has] to,'' she makes one loaf less each day--with unfortunate results: unfed, the dog doesn't chase crows from the garden; the goat eats the laundry; the hen doesn't lay the eggs Milly needs to get well; etc. Like the husband left to mind the house, Rose finds that her problems increase until Milly gets better--and she suddenly reforms, even presenting Milly with her own loaf. This folkloric original tale is overcontrived; it's particularly peculiar that both young women aren't included in the daily ration. But Keller's energetic illustrations--scratchboard overlaid with cheerful down-home colors--recall the lively vigor of Michael McCurdy's wood engravings; she renders humans, animals, and an attractive traditional setting all in crisp detail and with equal facility: an excellent debut. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-688-11101-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1993




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