Gingerbread for Liberty


Gingerbread for Liberty:  How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution by Mara Rockliff
Rating:  4 out of 5 stars

This picture book was released earlier this year.  It tells the story of Christopher Ludwick, a German-born American patriot who helps feed George Washington and his hungry troops during the American Revolution.  Prior to reading this book, I had not heard of Ludwick.  Throughout the book, Ludwick is only known as “the baker”  who loved his country and who wanted to help his country during the war.  He helped by doing what he did best, baking.  Washington had him bake loaves of bread to feed the soldier.  The story is told using short, simple text that is engaging for even young readers (or listeners).  The illustrations in this book are eye-catching and meant to look like decorated gingerbread cookies.  There’s an informative author’s note at the end of the book with more detailed information about Ludwick.  A recipe for simple gingerbread is also printed on the front and back inside covers of the book.  We read this book during bedtime story time and the kids enjoyed it.

*This book was borrowed from the library.