Ferida Wolff Seven Loaves of Bread

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Seven Loaves of Bread

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When Milly, who does the baking on the farm, gets sick, Rose discovers that there are very good reasons for making extra loaves of bread to share with their animals and friends

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Down on the farm, Milly bakes seven loaves of bread every morning, distributing them among animals, neighbors and friends, and saving the last loaf for sister Rose. But their pleasant domestic routine is disrupted when Milly takes sick and Rose, "who didn't like to work any harder than she had to," grudgingly takes over the baking, with comically disastrous consequences. The indolent Rose first bakes six loaves, then five, and so on, with the result that a succession of hungry animals wreaks havoc in the garden and an elderly neighbor goes without bread. Only when Rose learns the true value of Milly's wisdom--"It's as easy to make seven as it is to make one"--is she able to restore order. Wolff ( The Woodcutter's Coat ) effectively paces her tale through judicious repetitions. Debut illustrator Keller delivers striking art, scratchboard embellished with a palette dominated by pinks, blues and violets. She captures the homey humor with stylized compositions that freeze the exaggeratedly expressive characters: busy Milly smiles beatifically as she gives the goat bread; a despairing Rose lifts wrist to brow as she surveys the Herculean tasks before her. By the end, Rose, too, grins (albeit ruefully) as she serves a beaming Milly a slice of just-baked bread--Rose now "only works as hard as she has to." Ages 4-up.
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From Kirkus Reviews:

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) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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