Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 200

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

Author: George Levenson

Photographer: Shmuel Thaler

Summary: This informative book in verse illustrates with vivid photographs the stages from sowing the wheat grass seed all the way to slicing the bread. In the back is more information about wheat, including a recipe for baking bread.   

Hanna’s Comments: I didn’t know until I saw the photo in this book that “each new grain of harvest wheat looks just like loaf to eat.” It really does! Bread is such a ubiquitous part of cultures all over the world, sacred and secular. Helping children understand its source and steps necessary before they bite into a slice will help them appreciate its value at home, school, church, and all over the world. 
Here's another picture book about bread. I like this one because it emphasizes how a large variety of bread is eaten throughout the world. 
Publisher & Date of Publication: Tricycle Press, 2004

Age & Grade Appropriateness: 3 and up, Pre and up

# of Pages:32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: None at present

PBT Category: Nonfiction, Post 2K

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: abundance/bounty, blessings, body of Christ, bonds/connections, communion/Eucharist, eggs/seeds, feasting/food/hunger/nutrition, gardening/planting/pruning/sowing, God’s care/providence, harvest, labor/work, manna, memories/remembering/ritual/tradition, at table, temptations, time/timing/over time, transformation, worship

Scripture Connections: Go eat your bread with joy (Ecclesiastes 9:7); man shall not live by bread alone (Matthew 4:4); various communion scriptures found in all 4 gospels; because there is one loaf, we who are many are one body for we all partake of one bread (1 Corinthians 10:17)

Idea(s) for Application: Consider using this book when teaching children about communion practices or the symbolism of Body of Christ. Do some baking in the room beforehand so the children can experience the bread in multi-sensory ways.

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