Synopsis: The Bishop is going to visit Brother Giovanni’s sanctuary, but the children won’t learn their prayers. He must find a way to help them, but all he knows how to do is bake. Will his gift be enough?
Review: “He told them still another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.’” Matthew 13:33
Brother Giovanni knows dough, but how can that help when the Bishop is scheduled to visit his sanctuary and the children won’t learn their prayers? In Anna Egan Smucker’s delightful look into the story of how the pretzel was born, we learn that when we put our gifts into God’s hands, he adds yeast to our dough and grows our efforts beyond what is humanly possible.
The crisp storytelling is enhanced by illustrator Amanda Hall’s pictures, drawn in the style of the period from which this tale originates. Readers will eat up Brother Giovanni’s Little Reward!
Age Recommendation: 4-8
Quality Rating (1 is low, 5 is high): 5