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The Bread Winner

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  133 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
When Sarah's family lose their farm and are forced to move to Shantytown at the height of the Great Depression, Sarah saves them from starvation and complete despair by selling her prize-winning bread.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published October 29th 1990 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Joy Sorensen
Jun 08, 2011 Joy Sorensen rated it really liked it
After reading HOMELESS BIRD, my local librarian recommended reading The Bread Winner. When I went to check it out she told me she meant THE BREADWINNER. I decided to read both. This particular one was also an easy read. I love the fact that despite hardship within a family, the young girl finds a way to push above her poverty and help her family survive. It brings home the message that hard times bring forth better days.
Mayra Martinez
Mar 25, 2013 Mayra Martinez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a girl who lives during the period of the Great Depression and struggles along with her parents to make a good living. They move from their farm to a not so good looking town and start off fresh there. Sarah learns to make a new friend at her new school and learns to fight off the bullies who tower over her and her new best friend. They struggle to get good and pay their rent. In order to save her family from living on the streets, Sarah's father starts to travel in order to ...more
May 25, 2014 PJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Bread Winner is a good book which has many themes - friendship, perseverance, and family unity. It is also a great historical book based around the depression. It gives a vivid picture of the desperation people felt during the depression era.
Sarah and her family lose their farm and are forced to live in a small house in the shanty part of the town. School is difficult without friends and her father leaves the town to look for work. Sarah then meets Carla and take on the bullies of the shanty
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1932. Sarah is heartbroken when her family loses their farm and is forced to move into a shack in town. As hard as they try, her parents just can't seem to find work. Sarah wants to help, but isn't sure how. Then she has an idea. At the county fair, her bread came in first place. Sarah wonders can she bake and sell enough of her own bread to help her parents?

Great story with a happy ending. I would recommend this book to readers who like a good story about overcoming adversity.
Set during the depression, a 12-year old girl helps her family earn a living by selling bread. I love that the title has two meanings-- Sarah won a bread baking contest at the 4-H fair, and she helps the family make money. Not only is the main character independent and spunky, the reader is given vivid details about the time period. Another fabulous recommendation from Julie W.!
Feb 24, 2009 Ciera rated it it was amazing
This is a heartwarming story about extra miles that a family goes to get bread on their table. During the great Depression things are hard and food is scare...until one girl takes her love of baking to new heights.
Aug 30, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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Mar 22, 2010 Ron rated it really liked it
An excellent look at Midwest life during the Great Depression. A girl moves from the farm to small town, endures hardship and creates work for her whole family. Part of my son's history curriculum.
Apr 21, 2012 Vicki rated it liked it
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Parvanna lives in Afghanastan after the Talaban takes over. When her father is arrested she disguises herself as a boy to earn money for her family. Good
April Rose
Mar 25, 2013 April Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was simply inspiring. I hope I could be as brave and cheerful like the heroine. :) Good books deserves 5 star. :)
Excellent book to read out loud. Great discussion of the great depression and what a family went through.
Aug 24, 2012 Liz rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Realistic story of girl in war torn environment. A refreshing change from girl fluff...
Carolyn Tye
Feb 19, 2016 Carolyn Tye rated it really liked it
This book is a great way to show kids what the Depression was like. It also is a good testament to hard work and entrepreneurship.
May 19, 2014 Chandra rated it it was amazing
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This's was an excellent book to read to Parker. We loved it and I'm so grateful for an honest yet innocent book about such a heart wrenching time in history.
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Loved this book way better than the one about the girl in india, but i read this in 3rd grade and i'm in middle school now...
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Arvella Doris Whitmore (née Embry) was born on March 14, 1922. She earned her B.A. in 1944 from Christian College University and her M.A. in 1947 from the University of Iowa. Arvella Whitmore has been Head of Speech and Drama Department of Marymount College in Salina, Kansas. She is the author of three young adult novels.
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