Gingerbread for Liberty
One of the true joys of being a book addict is the chance to
discover the unsung heroes of history. Mara Rockliffe's Gingerbread
for Liberty: How a German Baker Helped Win the Revolution gives new
meaning to the idea that an Army marches on its stomach.
Christopher Ludwick was a baker's son who immigrated from
Germany to Philadelphia and started his own shop. He had a great love
for his adopted nation. When the Revolution arrived he made haste to
join up. He became head baker for the Continental Army. When
mercenaries from other countries became a problem, realizing that many
of them spoke his language, he sneaked behind enemy lines to change
The illustrations which look like frosted gingerbread cookies
are perfectly suited to the text. A recipe for gingerbread cookies is
included. A read aloud and bake is a perfect rainy day parent/child
On a personal note, last night was a perfect community garden night.
There was neither the rain nor the mugginess that have dogged us in
other months. We had lovely big bags of veggies to deliver. There
were enough extras for gardeners I could bring home potatoes,
tomatoes, brocolli, and summer squash. I made scrumptious grilled
cheese with tomatoes sandwiches for my supper.
A great big shout out goes out to my fellow gardeners and the
wonderful people we deliver veggies to.
Julia Emily Hathaway
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