Hardcover, 32 pagesPublished September 22nd 2015 by Schwartz & Wade
Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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.
It is clearly stated in the title of this book that it's an old-fashioned story. I don't know what it is about the holidays, but they make me feel very nostalgic for times gone by and I loved the way this story was told.
In rhyme, each page is about a specific job that each member of the family holds to get this feast to the table. It's clear that each job is important and each person must work hard to do their part in order to enjoy a scrumptious feast. It's been said that "many hands make light work" and that's definitely how it was back in these times.
My nine-year-old daughter and I read this aloud and loved the illustrations that went along with each page. There are mini stories to behold in those pictures and they're a lot of fun. As for the story, the rhyme is catchy and flows in a good rhythm. We both enjoyed the book and are looking forward to the holiday.
This story can be applicable to modern times as well, acknowledging that each person in a family is important and has their role. This time of year is all about being grateful and especially for family.
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About the Illustrator:
She illustrated the bestselling picture book Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins, among others. She is the author and illustrator of Mario Makes a Move, which Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, said “captures the exuberance of the creative spirit alongside the quirks of a character accepting his limitations.” Visit her at jillmcelmurry.com.