Kneading a Winning Idea


Children - Picture Book
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 08/29/2021
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Ben makes the best buttermilk biscuits. He’s entered them every year in the Best Bread Baking Contest and every year his biscuits come in second place, after Sofía’s Abuela’s Mexican sweet bread. Why does he bother? His dad suggests he experiments with his recipe, volunteering to be the taste tester of each new creation. Ben does just that but is disappointed with each new attempt. Then, his cat gives him a brilliant idea. It’s a kneading idea, to be sure, one that really does change the texture and taste of his biscuits. Could this be the winning concoction for this year’s contest?

Terri Sabol’s picture book story, Kneading a Winning Idea, is a clever way to teach young readers about perseverance and not giving up. All you need is a passion and a little bit of creativity. And, it doesn’t hurt to practice a little, too. Ben is about to give up, but his dad urges him to try something different. Even when the first ‘different’ attempts fail, Ben tries yet again. All he needs (or kneads) is a little ingenuity, something he discovers from a rather unlikely source (this will definitely cause the young reader to share some chuckles). The goal may be the prize and having his biscuits served to fellow students all year, but the reward is greater than winning: it’s all about doing the best you can and reaping the benefits of knowing you tried your best. The colorful illustrations certainly help carry this story along. And, as a bonus, Ben’s biscuit recipe is included at the end of the book.