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Tony dreams that one day he'll become the most famous baker in northern Italy. His poor daughter Serafina wants to be allowed to marry. Each of their dreams seems far away until Angelo, a rich young nobleman from Milan, appears and devises a way to make everyone's dreams come true. Full color. Tony dreams that one day he'll become the most famous baker in northern Italy. His poor daughter Serafina wants to be allowed to marry. Each of their dreams seems far away until Angelo, a rich young nobleman from Milan, appears and devises a way to make everyone's dreams come true. Full color.


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Tony dreams that one day he'll become the most famous baker in northern Italy. His poor daughter Serafina wants to be allowed to marry. Each of their dreams seems far away until Angelo, a rich young nobleman from Milan, appears and devises a way to make everyone's dreams come true. Full color. Tony dreams that one day he'll become the most famous baker in northern Italy. His poor daughter Serafina wants to be allowed to marry. Each of their dreams seems far away until Angelo, a rich young nobleman from Milan, appears and devises a way to make everyone's dreams come true. Full color.

30 review for Tony's Bread: An Italian Folktale

  1. 5 out of 5

    Talea

    One of the many stories on the origin of panettone.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Natalia Leston

    Text Set book #8 This book is an Italian fairy-tale-like folklore book about a young man who seeks a princess, and works with Pasta in order to gain her father’s respect. At the end of the story, Tony creates the Italian bread, panetonne. This book demonstrates how different one cultures side dish can be from another. I would introduce the book in this way: “Introduction: In Italy, a country in Europe, there is a special kind of bread Italians and now anybody can eat during special occasions. Le Text Set book #8 This book is an Italian fairy-tale-like folklore book about a young man who seeks a princess, and works with Pasta in order to gain her father’s respect. At the end of the story, Tony creates the Italian bread, panetonne. This book demonstrates how different one cultures side dish can be from another. I would introduce the book in this way: “Introduction: In Italy, a country in Europe, there is a special kind of bread Italians and now anybody can eat during special occasions. Let’s to read to find about how this delicious Italian bread came to be.” I would also include turn and talk questions, such as: “Oh no, Tony is feeling insecure about his bread. He feels like the bread of Milan is way better than his. What would you say to Tony, now that you know about how there are so many different types of delicious breads in the world?” Another class project I would do with my class would be to bring in panetonne and have student compare and contrast panetonne from the slice bread they eat in the cafeteria. By providing them with the hands on experience of exploring the new bread after being exposed to Italian culture, students would go into the exploration with an excited lens as opposed to critical of the new bread they may have never tasted. This book also gives students insight into a small European town, and values the individual’s hard work and determination. One thing that I appreciate about this book is that it is a fairytale told from a “prince’s” point of view, instead of the typical princess.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Breyanna Hill

    A baker loses his daughter but gains a bakery in the grand city of Milano after meeting a determined nobleman and baking a unique loaf of bread.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Another home run for Mr. dePaola!

  5. 4 out of 5

    MJ

    Nice to see hero and heroine who aren't slim and gorgeous. Nice to see hero and heroine who aren't slim and gorgeous.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ksenia Roeder

    The boys enjoyed this story: good pace, engaging, good discussions about panettone

  7. 4 out of 5

    Felicity

    One of my favourite books from childhood that I recently stumbled across. A lovely story which introduces young children to Italy too.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    This story is well-paced and funny, with great illustrations.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Is it monkey bread?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    A fun folk tale of now panettone could have come to be.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Starzyk

    I thought it was kind of ridiculous how quickly the two main characters fell in love, however I understand why it was. It was a “love at first sight” moment. I like how hard the prince worked to make everyone’s dream to come true. I thought it was funny that the baker used a flower pot to cook bread. I wonder if that is really possible. Grade: PreK-3 Genre: traditional literature

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andie Siegel

    Title: Tony's Bread: An Italian Folktale Author: Tomie dePaola Illustrator: Genre: European Folkate Theme(s): Opening line/sentence: Once along time ago in a small village outside the grand village of Milano, there lived a baker named Tony. Brief Book Summary: Tony, a baker in a small village has a daughter who is very marriageable but he thinks no man is worthy enough for her. When Angelo, a rich man comes to town and wants to marry his daughter, he gives Tony his bakery where he makes a certain fa Title: Tony's Bread: An Italian Folktale Author: Tomie dePaola Illustrator: Genre: European Folkate Theme(s): Opening line/sentence: Once along time ago in a small village outside the grand village of Milano, there lived a baker named Tony. Brief Book Summary: Tony, a baker in a small village has a daughter who is very marriageable but he thinks no man is worthy enough for her. When Angelo, a rich man comes to town and wants to marry his daughter, he gives Tony his bakery where he makes a certain famous bread, which makes him very rich and happy. Angelo gets to marry his daughter and Tony gets to run the famous bakery, and everyone wins. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly How did panettone , the rich Italian Christmas bread, get its name? With tongue firmly in cheek, dePaola provides this confection as a reply. Chubby Serafina, the baker Antonio's daughter, spends her days eating candy and weeping by the window. For although her father adores her and gives her the best of everything, Tony is convinced there is no man worthy of her. Then Angelo, a wealthy nobleman, falls in love with Serafina and enlists the help of three meddlesome ``aunties'' to win her father's approval. In return for Serafina's hand in marriage, Angelo sets Tony up in his own bakery in Milano, where he becomes wonderfully rich and famous from sales of an unusually shaped bread: pan di Tonio , or panettone . The tale is a typically charming dePaolian effort, and the illustrations abound with his trademark coziness. Another nice touch: like Tony's currant-filled buns, the story is sprinkled with Italian words and phrases, translations of which are cleverly woven into the text. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Professional Recommendation/Review #2: Children's Literature - Debra Briatico Tony, the baker, dreams that one day he will become the most famous baker in all of Northern Italy and his daughter Serafina dreams that she will find a suitable husband. Angelo, a wealthy nobleman from Milano, comes to town and makes both of their dreams come true. With the help of three gossiping aunties, Zia Clotilda, Zia Caterina, and Zia Clorinda, Angelo devises a plan that helps Tony create panettone, the most delicious bread in Italy. After Tony becomes famous for his loaves of bread baked in flowerpots, he and Serafina move to Milano, where she marries Angelo and the three live happily ever after. Bravo to dePaola for creating this humorous and wonderfully illustrated original Italian folktale! Response to Two Professional Reviews: I think these reviews really were speaking the truth about this book. I liked that they both mentioned the very stereotypically Italian elements that the book contained. I agreed with the reviews in that it was a humorous story that was quite charming and cute at the same time. Evaluation of Literary Elements: I think the happy drawings really added to the story's coziness, just like the reviews said. All the illustrations were vibrant in colors and drawn to perfection when describing a typical Italian folktale. Consideration of Instructional Application: I think I would use this book when talking about different cultures. It shows a great image of what old Italian villages looked like and the types of people found in them. Also, it tells the tale of how panettone was created which could be taught around the holidays, too.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Randie D. Camp, M.S.

    dePaola, Tomie. (1989). Tony’s Bread. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Annotation: For preschoolers to second grade. Tomie dePaola’s illustrations live up to his reputation of creating cozy warm characters and settings to supplement beautiful stories. This book is an Italian Folktale that tells the story of the creation of panettone, Italian bread. A baker, Tony, and his daughter, Serafina, are given the opportunity to move to Milano if Tony allows Angelo, a rich man, marry his daughter. Angelo dePaola, Tomie. (1989). Tony’s Bread. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Annotation: For preschoolers to second grade. Tomie dePaola’s illustrations live up to his reputation of creating cozy warm characters and settings to supplement beautiful stories. This book is an Italian Folktale that tells the story of the creation of panettone, Italian bread. A baker, Tony, and his daughter, Serafina, are given the opportunity to move to Milano if Tony allows Angelo, a rich man, marry his daughter. Angelo also gives Tony his own bakery where he becomes famous for his light, rich Christmas bread. Additionally the story has Italian words in the written text that allows the reader to learn more about the Italian culture. Personal Reflection: I have adored books by Tomie dePaola since I was a little girl. His illustrations are beautiful and his stories are about faraway places. Young children love stories about different cultures and faraway places and they will enjoy this Italian folktale. Furthermore, this book allows students to learn about where things come from. In my kindergarten class, a student’s grandmother brought panettone to class for us to eat, and she read us this story afterwards. This book could be used in the classroom (along with other books) to teach students about how different cultures have passed on their food and traditions to America.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Fahima

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is an Italian folktale by Tomie dePaola. It goes through the story of a character named Tony who is eager to have his own bakery in Milano and to become the most famous baker in Italy. He has a daughter named Serafina and Tony feels she is beautiful for any man in Italy and keeps her protected in the house, as he believes no suitor will ever be good enough for his beloved daughter. A passer-by named Angelo sees Serafina and instantly falls in love with her beauty and promises she will This book is an Italian folktale by Tomie dePaola. It goes through the story of a character named Tony who is eager to have his own bakery in Milano and to become the most famous baker in Italy. He has a daughter named Serafina and Tony feels she is beautiful for any man in Italy and keeps her protected in the house, as he believes no suitor will ever be good enough for his beloved daughter. A passer-by named Angelo sees Serafina and instantly falls in love with her beauty and promises she will be the women he marries. But now he has the task of convincing Tony and offers him a proposal of owning his own bakery in Italy and for Angelo to marry Serafina. Tony agrees and this story goes on a journey of how Tony’s bakery expands and how he deals with having a husband for his daughter. This book would be ideal for KS2 to read as a class as it is very engaging and the characters in this book have distinct personalities so they can follow on after reading this book to actually write a short paragraph on what the story is about. The book has some Italian words which the children would want to repeat and will enjoy such as ‘Che bella donna!’ and the translation is also present. This book is great fun and will allow the children to explore Italian heritage and follow each character and can also be used for drama purposes to act out each character.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Becky Long

    Tony’s Bread K-4th grade Tomie dePaolas illustrations are fun and colorful. They are simple and cartoonish in nature. The pictures are each framed and fill the pages and bring the story to life. The text is in English and incorporates Italian words and their meanings as well. The text is also used as part of the illustrations in letters that Angelo wrote to Signore Baker and Bella. This book may be appealing to children because it has a happy ending and everyone gets what they want. Language Arts/S Tony’s Bread K-4th grade Tomie dePaolas illustrations are fun and colorful. They are simple and cartoonish in nature. The pictures are each framed and fill the pages and bring the story to life. The text is in English and incorporates Italian words and their meanings as well. The text is also used as part of the illustrations in letters that Angelo wrote to Signore Baker and Bella. This book may be appealing to children because it has a happy ending and everyone gets what they want. Language Arts/Science Science Example: Students can add different ingredients to a bread mixture and cook the bread in various containers. The use of yeast or lack of it could be an interesting experiment as well.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Adorable! A true fairy tale of love & good fortune! It's too bad real life doesn't always follow suit of fairy tales! Although having everything good all the time doesn't make it real...but this simple read will allow you to dream right along with the characters! This book is simply a fairy tale. One of love at first sight, those who want love to happen, one who would like his dreams to come true, and in the end...everyone is granted their hearts desire! I especially love the hand written letters Adorable! A true fairy tale of love & good fortune! It's too bad real life doesn't always follow suit of fairy tales! Although having everything good all the time doesn't make it real...but this simple read will allow you to dream right along with the characters! This book is simply a fairy tale. One of love at first sight, those who want love to happen, one who would like his dreams to come true, and in the end...everyone is granted their hearts desire! I especially love the hand written letters that are included in the book's plot! You'll never guess what the main character makes at the end of the book! Something that has a love/hate relationship with many of us today! NO spoilers! Get this book for a good fairy tale to read to your children today!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Lanman

    This book was very interesting. It is an Italian folktale and you can tell because it uses Italian language. Some examples are "Dolci”-candy, or “Una principessa”-a princess. The pictures were very colorful and portrayed Italian culture very well. This can be used for a 1st through 3rd grade classroom. It is a book that really demonstrated the Italian heritage. This is a Pourquoi tale because learn more about what type of bread they eat quite frequently and how it became invented. This book does This book was very interesting. It is an Italian folktale and you can tell because it uses Italian language. Some examples are "Dolci”-candy, or “Una principessa”-a princess. The pictures were very colorful and portrayed Italian culture very well. This can be used for a 1st through 3rd grade classroom. It is a book that really demonstrated the Italian heritage. This is a Pourquoi tale because learn more about what type of bread they eat quite frequently and how it became invented. This book does a good job focusing on main characters. You can read aloud this story and you can have the students sound out the Italian words with you. Then when you are done reading you can have your students describe each main character into detail with pictures to go along with it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Buona Lettura, yes this is definately buona lettura. This title was readily accessible to me and hey its Tomie, so i have had it home with me several weeks. What a sweet surprise for me that it turned out to be an Italian folktale. It was charming and Italian--food as well as romance. amd thanks Tomie for teaching me that biscotti means cookie. According to the author's note Tomie was the creative director of Whitebird books for G. C. Putumn which was publishing international folktales, so now I am Buona Lettura, yes this is definately buona lettura. This title was readily accessible to me and hey its Tomie, so i have had it home with me several weeks. What a sweet surprise for me that it turned out to be an Italian folktale. It was charming and Italian--food as well as romance. amd thanks Tomie for teaching me that biscotti means cookie. According to the author's note Tomie was the creative director of Whitebird books for G. C. Putumn which was publishing international folktales, so now I am in search of some of these titles. A google search only produced one, if you know on any titles send me a message, Thanks.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Clare Mcpherson

    I think Tomie dePaola has such a fantastic ability to bring old world to the children! The story is how a widower, baker who has a dream of a bakery in Milan, who has a daughter, and three aunts, meet a nobleman from Milan who makes it all happen and marries the beautiful daughter. Rich in vocabulary, Italian and English the story is one of true fairy tale, Everyone lives happily ever after. This would be a great story to incorporate the social studies of Italy, and a baking extension of panetto I think Tomie dePaola has such a fantastic ability to bring old world to the children! The story is how a widower, baker who has a dream of a bakery in Milan, who has a daughter, and three aunts, meet a nobleman from Milan who makes it all happen and marries the beautiful daughter. Rich in vocabulary, Italian and English the story is one of true fairy tale, Everyone lives happily ever after. This would be a great story to incorporate the social studies of Italy, and a baking extension of panettone!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    In the tradition of Strega Nona, Tony's Bread tells the story of Tony and Serafina, both having dreams and both being realized. Tony wants to be the most well-known bakery in Milano. His daughter Serafina sits in her room, crying, because Tony does not think any young man is good enough for her and he refuses all courting appeals. All this changes when the young nobleman, Antony, sees Serafina, falls in love with her and devises a plan to marry Serafina by giving Tony his dream - to become the m In the tradition of Strega Nona, Tony's Bread tells the story of Tony and Serafina, both having dreams and both being realized. Tony wants to be the most well-known bakery in Milano. His daughter Serafina sits in her room, crying, because Tony does not think any young man is good enough for her and he refuses all courting appeals. All this changes when the young nobleman, Antony, sees Serafina, falls in love with her and devises a plan to marry Serafina by giving Tony his dream - to become the most well-known baker in all of Milano.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Josiah

    Tomie dePaola has taken full advantage of the folktale style in this picture book, telling a story that is both interesting and culturally informative. Tony's Bread would be a perfect book to use in an elementary school unit about countries outside the U.S., to give a general sense of the feel behind Italian stories about the origin of favorite foods. I would give one and a half stars to this book. Tomie dePaola has taken full advantage of the folktale style in this picture book, telling a story that is both interesting and culturally informative. Tony's Bread would be a perfect book to use in an elementary school unit about countries outside the U.S., to give a general sense of the feel behind Italian stories about the origin of favorite foods. I would give one and a half stars to this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This was a fairly entertaining read. There were a couple of parts I found a little ridiculous, but they didn't bother me too much. I also thought the story was a bit random, but still enjoyable. And of course, I always like Tomie's illustrations. I'd recommend, especially if you like reading Italian folklore. *Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2011... This was a fairly entertaining read. There were a couple of parts I found a little ridiculous, but they didn't bother me too much. I also thought the story was a bit random, but still enjoyable. And of course, I always like Tomie's illustrations. I'd recommend, especially if you like reading Italian folklore. *Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2011...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joann Trupiano

    My 4 yr old thoroughly enjoyed this book. Since he is of Italian heritage, it had more meaning for me, since he is very young. The illustrations were very nice, and the story line lively and fun. I will definitely purchase this book for my child. I love folktales to begin with, this was a sweet story and decided to make panettone in a flowerpot for Christmas this yr. Recipe at this site to make your own! http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/panetton... My 4 yr old thoroughly enjoyed this book. Since he is of Italian heritage, it had more meaning for me, since he is very young. The illustrations were very nice, and the story line lively and fun. I will definitely purchase this book for my child. I love folktales to begin with, this was a sweet story and decided to make panettone in a flowerpot for Christmas this yr. Recipe at this site to make your own! http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/panetton...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Riley Lazar

    I read this tale in Tommie's Big Book of Folktales. It wasn't as good as I thought it would turn out to be unfortunately. It was a story about a king and his protection and love for his precious daughter Angelina. Everyone in the town knows that the kings daughter is off limits and that he believes no man will ever be good enough for her. Little does the king know there is a very determined young gentleman ready to fight for the women he loves. I read this tale in Tommie's Big Book of Folktales. It wasn't as good as I thought it would turn out to be unfortunately. It was a story about a king and his protection and love for his precious daughter Angelina. Everyone in the town knows that the kings daughter is off limits and that he believes no man will ever be good enough for her. Little does the king know there is a very determined young gentleman ready to fight for the women he loves.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    DePaola is one of this parent's favorite authors. The tale kept all of us interested. Repeated readings bring new details in the illustrations to everyone's attention. DePaola is one of this parent's favorite authors. The tale kept all of us interested. Repeated readings bring new details in the illustrations to everyone's attention.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Normally I like Tommie dePaola's work but this story fell flat. I don't know if it was the intertwined plots or what but the tale didn't touch my heart the way his stories usually do. Plus the bread he describes reminds me of fruitcake and the put me off. Normally I like Tommie dePaola's work but this story fell flat. I don't know if it was the intertwined plots or what but the tale didn't touch my heart the way his stories usually do. Plus the bread he describes reminds me of fruitcake and the put me off.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Charming rendition of a folk tale about the origin of panettonne, the marvelous Italian Christmas bread. Lovely illustrations too.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Katharine

    A unique and fun story. I'm putting this one on the "to buy" list for Christmas. A unique and fun story. I'm putting this one on the "to buy" list for Christmas.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    One of my son's favourites, we recently refound it, and I'm having to re read it all over again, trying to recall my pronounciation of the italian words. One of my son's favourites, we recently refound it, and I'm having to re read it all over again, trying to recall my pronounciation of the italian words.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carol Evans

    Cute story. Of course I like most of dePaola's books. Cute story. Of course I like most of dePaola's books.

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