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Author: Winstanley, Nicola
Baker Miriam's baby is unhappy and cries all the time. Finally one day, when Miriam is at her wits end, she looks down at her baby curled up like a little raisin and knows exactly what to do.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 143350
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 4.60
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 53668
Common Core Standards
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
School Library Journal (00/04/11)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/15/2011 Miriam the baker is beloved in her village. Every day she bicycles to work and saves her favorite cinnamon bread for last, singing as she kneads spices into the dough. The scents and songs attract fellow bicyclist Sebastian, and he falls head over handlebars for Miriam. After marrying, their domestic bliss is disrupted when their beautiful new baby begins to cry continuously. What finally placates the fussy infant? The sounds and smells of Miriam making a batch of cinnamon bread. Winstanley’s text ends abruptly, but both the words and pictures engage the senses in a heady, tangled mix: Miriam has a “sweet-smelling voice,” while in the winsome collage illustrations, her songs and the scent of her bread intertwine in ribbons decorated with hearts and notes as violin-playing cats stroll the streets. Many children will welcome the beside-the-point depiction of a multicultural family: Miriam is paper white, Sebastian is cocoa brown, and their cinnamon-colored child gives the title a sly double meaning. A charming offering infused with warmth, romantic whimsy, and love. - Copyright 2011 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2011 PreS-Gr 2—Every day, Miriam rides her bicycle to the bakery where she makes a variety of delicious breads, always saving her favorite-a sweet cinnamon loaf-for last. One day, a violinist named Sebastian comes by on his bike. Attracted by Miriam's singing, he purchases a loaf of cinnamon bread and makes it a daily habit until they marry a year later. A baby soon follows, but after three days, the child starts to cry. After trying all the usual methods to calm an infant, Miriam finally takes the baby to the bakery where she begins to make her cinnamon bread. The fragrant smell and the sound of Mother crooning finally comfort the child, who never cries again. This charming story features a Caucasian mother, a brown-skinned father, and a biracial baby. The cream-colored paper, adorned with graphite pencil sketches, earth-toned watercolors, and paper collage, gives the story an old-fashioned look. Swirling hearts, flowers, and music notes indicate Miriam and Sebastian's happiness, while torrents of rain depict the unhappy baby's tears. Children able to appreciate the quaint plot and drawings will enjoy this cozy story.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT - Copyright 2011 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.