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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  14 reviews
It’s always a special day for Iris when Aunt Mary visits. She’s a plant scientist, and Iris likes collecting leaves and seeds for Aunt Mary’s lab. Today, Aunt Mary wants to try a new experiment—baking bread!

Iris helps turn the kitchen into a bread lab with just four ingredients: flour, water, salt, and starter. She also discovers how invisible microbes in the air can make
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Readers to Eaters
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Kat Mayerovitch
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, read-harder-19
This is such a fantastic book to read together with kids in K-4 (ish). And I say "read with," not "read to and forget about it" or "plop it in their lap and hope they enjoy it," because there's no way you're going to get through this book without LOTS of questions about baking and wanting to make a loaf or two yourself.

Sourdough is a fascinating scientific experiment for all ages, but if you're expecting a project that doesn't require much prep aside from shopping for good flour, you're going t
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
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BREAD LAB! is a cute picture book that walks through the steps of making sourdough bread through the eyes of a budding scientist, Iris, and her Aunt Mary. Beyond the information about how they make bread and the science behind it - complete with Iris's lab notebook - the story also features information about what her plant scientist aunt does and a story about the day they spend together. Luckily, the book includes detailed instruc
Rebecca Gomez
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A nice story that follows a girl and her aunt as they make sour dough bread. A pleasant and informative read.
Tina Hoggatt
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cheerful family story of baking bread that delivers the science behind yeast starter. Inspired by Washington State's Bread Lab, the back matter has handy references. ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Childrens picture book that blurs the line between fiction and non-fiction. Iris and her aunt "Plant Mary," a plant scientist, are turning the kitchen into a bread lab. Mary brought some sourdough starter and is here to bake sourdough bread with just four ingredients: starter, flour, water, and salt. A cute story that discusses where bread comes from and how it is baked. Extensive back matter includes facts about bread, a full recipe for sourdough bread, information about the bread lab in Washin ...more
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Bread Lab! By Kim Binczewski and Bethany Econopouly, illustrated by Hayelin Choi. PICTURE BOOK. Readers to Eaters, 2018. $19. 9780998436609



Iris loves it when her aunt Mary, or as Iris calls her – Plant Mary, comes to visit, because they always do something fun. Today they are baking whole wheat sourdough bread!

While the test is rather wordy, it does an excellent job of explaining the process of making bread with a sourdough starter
Anjela Bugher
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was SO CUTE. It's another from the "grab bag" chosen for my kid by the local library (an age-appropriate set of books that was carefully curated and super great), and it's long! It was a surprisingly long book for bedtime! But it was adorable, and full of science and Making Stuff, and as a total side note, featured a multiracial family. HEART EYES. It ends with facts about bread and a sourdough recipe.

Of course, my five-year-old boy's favorite part was the microbes burping gas bubbles to ma
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, picture
Science! Bread science!
Good enough storyline, but very wordy for a picture book.
Syntha Green
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
A good explanation of how bread is made from scratch
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Oh the text. Too long and too tiny. Maybe a super baker who is hot on this topic will love it?
Jennifer Miera
A cute book about a niece and her aunt baking bread from a whole wheat sourdough starter. Resources, recipe, and bread facts included in back matter. Diverse cast - mom and aunt appear white, dad appears black, and Iris is brown skinned.
Mary Norell Hedenstrom
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A girl makes sourdough bread with her aunt, a plant scientist. Multicultural family
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