The Sleeping Bread: Story

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The bitter tear of an unwanted beggar causes the bread dough in the bakery shop to "sleep," and the villagers fear it will not rise in time for the festival of the town's patron saint.

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Grade 1-2-- Beto the baker is the only person in San Pedro who treats the beggar Zafiro with kindness, saving the old man scraps of bread. The townspeople are not so generous, and they drive him away. As he says goodbye to Beto, a single bitter tear falls into the water jar and the next day the bread fails to rise. The people try to wake the sleeping bread, but to no avail. Beto brings Zafiro back and the two solve the problem. Czernecki's paintings bring the vibrancy of traditional Guatemalan weavings to the page. The rich, deep reds and blues of the garments are set off by landscapes in greens and yellows that mimic the stripes and geometric figures of the clothing. The folk-art style is continued on the borders and in the depiction of a fiesta. The story gives children who are exposed to contemporary homeless people a new perspective. However, while the luminous paintings are a pleasure to look at, they are so stylized that the immediacy of the story is destroyed. If the pictures don't quite seem to fit, the story itself also leaves readers slightly off-center. The real problem here is not the sleeping bread, but the fate of an old man, and the symbolic substitution doesn't quite come off. --Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, Allen, TX
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