“No empty bellies here, Not in my America” bellows the plump gingerbread maker. With the American Revolution racing through the countryside this German baker approaches General Washington to offer his services of baking bread for the Continental Army. Readers won’t have a clue what happens next! This picture book is an irresistible invitation to take a glimpse into
America’s past - which may turn little readers into future history buffs! Author Mara Rockliff tells the story of a little known German American hero who was a simple baker and a kind, generous man. Vincent X. Kirsch’s illustrations are paper-cut style which resemble cookies - and German gingerbread cookies known as Lebkuchen. At the conclusion of the story the author includes an explanation of the actual Christopher Ludwick, a little known participant and contributor to America’s victory in the revolution. This historical vignette becomes the basis for Rockliff’s delightful picture book. And in case you don’t have a favorite gingerbread recipe handy, one is included. Sample, savor and enjoy “ Revolution, Independence, Liberty, and Dessert!”
I know you like stories about our country and how it came to be. I don’t think you have heard this story though! Before you read this, you and mom will need to make a batch of gingerbread cookies-okay?
Gift with: cookie cutters, lebkuchen, recipe cards, apron, map of the 13 colonies, or a picture of George Washington.
Gift to: a baker, history buff, or a child who enjoys baking with mom and dad or grandma and grandpa.
Occasion: birthdays, German-American day (Oct. 6th), or baking at grandma's.