Brother Giovanni's Little Reward How the Pretzel Was Born by Anna Egan Smucker


Brother Giovanni's Little Reward How the Pretzel Was Born by Anna Egan Smucker

Brother Giovanni is a happy man, content to do what he knows best: baking. But all is not well at his monastery, where the monks are trying to teach the children their prayers in time for a very important visit from the Bishop. Having tried everything, they turn to Giovanni -- but he doesn't know anything about teaching! Eventually, though, Brother Giovanni discovers how to use his gifts to offer the children the perfect motivation. This vibrant book from an award-winning author and illustrator tells the fascinating story behind one of the world's most popular snacks.



Retailing Insight This charming village tale is based on a legend from the 7th century. Anna Smucker retells it with urgency and wit. Amanda Hall s illustrations bring it to life with bright colors, animated faces, and a cat who leads us to the happy ending. Children and adults will turn the pages over and over as they relive this fable from the past. Booklist (Online) A thoroughly charming, fictionalized account of the origins of the pretzel. . . . Cheerful folkloric images in a modern twist on the traditional Florentine style show smiling faces full of mischief and mirth. . . . A recipe follows this happy food-origins tale.

About the Author

Anna Smucker has been writing children's books for over twenty years. She currently teaches writing workshops for children and adults. She lives in West Virginia. Visit her website at Amanda Hall has illustrated a number of picture books, including The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau (Eerdmans), which won the PEN/Steven Kroll Award. Amanda lives in England. Visit her website at

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34 pages
Interest Age: From 4


Anna Egan Smucker
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Publication date

30th September 2015



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