Cinnamon Baby by Nicola Winstanley, illustrated by Janice Nadeau
Miriam was a baker who had her own little bakery where she made wonderful breads. She always saved the cinnamon bread for last because it was her favorite. As she made the bread, she sang the songs of her childhood, weaving them with the scent of cinnamon in the air. Then one day a young man named Sebastian bought some cinnamon bread and continued to by a loaf every day for a year. Finally, he proposed to Miriam and she said yes. Soon a baby was on the way, but when the baby arrived it cried and cried and cried. Nothing would settle the baby down until Miriam got a sudden idea and headed for the bakery with her family. She made every kind of bread with the cinnamon bread saved for last. And what do you think happened when her voice mixed with the cinnamon and sugar in the air?
This modern magical story is simply delicious. Winstanley’s writing is gentle and strolling, building towards the story and throughout until it is neatly tied together by the end. There is a sense of ease, of simplicity and of love throughout the entire book that is very comforting and warm.
Nadeau’s illustrations have a modern feel to them with their bright mix of yellows and pinks against browns and grays. At the same time, they feel timeless with the people riding bicycles, pushing prams, and the motif of curling wrought iron.
This sweet story has the spice of cinnamon to keep it interesting and the warmth of bread baking to keep it filling. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from copy received from Kids Can Press.