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Hooray for Bread {what we’re reading}

08/04/2014

I’m ashamed to say that until very recently I had no idea that Allan Ahlberg was still writing new books. We’re so very familiar with the classics that he wrote in the 80’s with his wife; Peepo and Each Peach Pair Plum being firm favourites, and favourites that I remember from my own childhood, that I think I’d rather chalked him up as being ‘of my youth’. Oops. Many apologies both to him and to my children in case they feel they’ve missed out on a whole treasury of wonderful stories.

Because whilst there are no more Janet and Allan Ahlberg collaborations, it hasn’t stopped the wordsmith half of the partnership from continuing to write, and I think there must be almost as many Allan Ahlberg books to discover as Allan and Janet books.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - Hooray for Bread

Hooray for Bread was only published last year, with Bruce Ingman providing the illustrations, the story of a day in the life of a loaf of bread from the warm crust smothered with butter by the baker (which incidentally is my absolute favourite way to eat homemade bread), to the eggs and soldiers for tea, the crumbs on the breadboard tossed out to the birds in the trees, and the final solitary crumb scooped up by a very tiny and rather hungry little mouse scampering through the bakery at night in search of a tasty morsel.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - Hooray for Bread

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - Hooray for Bread

It’s such a sweet story to read, with the kind of beautiful rhymes that you would expect from its author, and the refrain “hooray for bread!” that repeats through the story, and just as easily learnt by little listeners as “here’s a little baby, one two three” was in its turn.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - Hooray for Bread

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - Hooray for Bread

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - Hooray for Bread

The illustrations are gorgeous too; Bruce Ingman has a looser illustrative style than Janet Ahlberg, but there’s a consistency in the colour palette used and in the detail of the bakery and the characters’ clothes that gives it that same timelessness. In short, it still feels like an Ahlberg book.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - Hooray for Bread

But before you rush out to hunt down a copy I should stress that there is one caveat to all this praise, one potential downside to such a lovely book – it will also really really make you want to go and make a loaf of bread, and then eat it fresh from the oven with butter, and laced with jam for tea. Don’t say you weren’t warned – now where did I put the yeast?

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life - What we're Reading - Hooray for Bread
Space for the Butterflies: What We're Reading

I’m obviously continuing an unintentional culinary theme as last week Anne-Marie found year another Julia Donaldson that I’ve yet to come across in the form of the wonderful looking Troll; any story that starts with pirates and a troll being fed up with their food and going on a treasure hunt to find enough treasure to buy a recipe book is always going to have me from the first page!

So if you have a favourite, please do share it with us; each linky stays open for a week so there’s plenty of time to join in.  And so, without further ado, it’s over to you!



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  • Anna-Marie 08/04/2014 at 8:15 am

    Oh I didn’t know that Allan Ahlberg was still writing books either!! **runs of to local book shop to hunt this one down**

  • Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork 08/04/2014 at 11:50 am

    It’s not just buying the book that will make you want buttery bread – this post will do it just as well!

    Seriously though, I love the look of this book (Peepo is a firm favourite here) and will try to track it down when we’re in the UK for Easter.

    • Carie 11/04/2014 at 11:46 am

      Well this is true – as Elma is living proof!

  • Claire @ Great British Family 08/04/2014 at 9:37 pm

    This sounds like a great book. I bake the majority of our bread so this sounds great to read with my daughter when she is older and hopefully having a go at baking with me sometimes.

    • Carie 11/04/2014 at 11:45 am

      It’s such a sweet book – you’ll love it, even if she’s not quite big enough for it yet!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 09/04/2014 at 7:58 pm

    Ooh! Thanks for the tip! Ava and I have just started making our way through the “Happy Families” books and she’s loving them!

    • Carie 11/04/2014 at 11:45 am

      You’re welcome – I had no idea there were all these undiscovered treasures around but now …..!

  • Vickie 10/04/2014 at 9:58 pm

    This sounds perfect for Amelia and her daddy who both think that bread is the best part of dinner!

  • jemma 14/04/2014 at 8:03 pm

    I’ve never heard of these! Thanks for letting us know – shall be trying to get hold of these!
    Love the pictures!

    • Carie 15/04/2014 at 8:41 pm

      I’m glad you like them – it is a gorgeous book!