Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story

Book Review, Children's Books, Picture Books
Sharing the Bread

Sharing the BreadSharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story by Pat Zeitlow Miller, illustrated by Jill McElmurry

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (September 22, 2015)

Genre: Picture book

Source: From publisher

Our rating: 5 of 5 stars


About Sharing the Bread:

Celebrate food and family with this heartwarming Thanksgiving picture book. We will share the risen bread. / Our made-with-love Thanksgiving spread. / Grateful to be warm and fed. / We will share the bread. In this spirited ode to the holiday, set at the turn of the twentieth century, a large family works together to make their special meal. Mama prepares the turkey, Daddy tends the fire, Sister kneads, and Brother bastes. Everyone—from Grandma and Grandpa to the littlest baby—has a special job to do. Told in spare, rhythmic verse and lively illustrations, Sharing the Bread is a perfect read-aloud to celebrate the Thanksgiving tradition.

“A warm and wonderful holiday treasure.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred

“Captures the spirit of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.” —School Library Journal

“A delightful holiday book that shows the heartwarming tradition of food and family.” —Booklist


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About Pat Zeitlow Miller:

Pat Zietlow Miller knew she wanted to be a writer ever since her seventh-grade English teacher read her paper about square-dancing skirts out loud in class and said: “This is the first time anything a student has written has given me chills.” (Thanks, Mrs. Mueller! You rock!)

Pat started out as a newspaper reporter and wrote about everything from dartball and deer-hunting to diets and decoupage. Then, she joined an insurance company and edited its newsletter and magazine.

Now, she writes insurance information by day and children’s books by night. Her first picture book, SOPHIE’S SQUASH, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf was released in 2013 from Schwartz & Wade, a division of Random House. It won the Golden Kite Award for picture book text from the SCBWI and was named a Charlotte Zolotow and an Ezra Jack Keats honor book

Her second picture book, WHEREVER YOU GO, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler, was released by Little, Brown in 2015.


What We Thought of Sharing the Bread:

If you’re looking for the perfect Thanksgiving read, this is it. This beautiful picture book is about a family preparing Thanksgiving dinner. Each member of the family has a job to do and by working together, they create a wonderful meal. The text is written in verse and gives off a warm, nostalgic feeling of family, food, and gratitude.

I’ve read Sharing the Bread several times with my kids. They like the cheerful, family oriented story and the way the meal takes shape. Read it with your own kids to enjoy a heartwarming celebration of the traditions of thanksgiving.


Disclaimer: We received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Reply
    Stephanie@Fairday's Blog
    November 5, 2015 at 1:29 am

    This sounds like a delightful book. Such unique illustrations. Thanks for sharing!

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    November 5, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Looks and sounds good. I take a fancy to this type of vintage-style illustration.

    • Reply
      Dena at Batch of Books
      November 6, 2015 at 4:17 am

      I like the illustrations too. They enhance the book’s “old fashioned” feel, and I love that!

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