Bread and Roses, Too
Rosa’s mother is singing again, for the first time since Papa died in an accident in the mills. But instead of filling their cramped tenement apartment with Italian lullabies, Mamma is out on the streets singing union songs, and Rosa is terrified that her mother and older sister, Anna, are endangering their lives by marching against the corru ...more
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I was surprised to find a novel written from the perspective of two children about this event. I found the viewpoints of Jake and Rosa very believable.
It's a book that isn't just about the strike. It's about the role of education, ethnic identity and the meaning of family.
We see both sides of the fence so to speak. Rosa is against the strike even tho her mother and sister are a part of it. Her teacher is partly to blame for Rosa's doubts. Also, Rosa is worried that her mother will get hurt or worse, murdered because the strike does get out hand a fe ...more
Throughout the book there were some moments I couldn't put it down and other parts through w ...more
I loved the two characters and how they represented two victims of the workers' strike. We c ...more
At first I thought this was a book of different short stories because of the chapter titles such as "Shoe Girl" and "The Best Student" and "The Beautiful Mrs. Gurley Flynn" that sounded unrelated. However, each chapter provided more insight into the lives of the main characters and the trials the ...more
Rosa lives with her mother, sister, brother and bo ...more
This book takes place in the time period of the Bread and Roses Strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Jake and Rosa, the two main characters, are both living in Lawrence during the time of the strike. The strike affects Jake and Rosa in two very different ways but it all works out in the end.
Rosa is ...more
Rosa is a good school girl without a father, who knows better, but is caught up in the strikes. Her mother and sister go along with the crowds of people striking. Jake, a boy who lives on the street, works at the mills, and gets beaten by his alcoholic father, ...more
(N.B., I was frustrated by a tantalizing typo within the final paragraphs of this hardcover edition: a 3-line paragraph was included twice, and about the same number of lines o ...more
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I liked it especially because it could become very relatable in some parts of the book and when you can relate on a personal level you can enjoy the book so much more. All the while, you are learning about an actual time period in history and learning about the facts during that historical moment and you don't even know because you are so into the book.
Purpose/Use in the classroom:
- I would definitely say that this book should be a read aloud be ...more
Read Aloud- This book is geared towards students of the upper elementary grades (fifth to sixth) and I would relate to a social s ...more
little pay from the textile mills. I think it makes a topic that could seem distant to students more
relatable by explaining how her family’s low socioeconomic status can affect other parts of Rosa’s life. I
think it causes students to imagine how they would handle things if put in this situation.
Independent Reading: I could use this as either an independent reading recommendation or a read alo ...more
2. Purpose/Use in the classroom: The genre of this story is considered historical fiction. This book could be used for a history les ...more
Curriculum: I think fourth graders could enjoy this book and understand what these kids are going through. I think a less ...more
SLJ Book Star Review September 2006
Kirkus Book Star Review August 1, 2006
Junior Book Project
Historical fiction set in 1912 during a mill strike. Rosa is a young girl, concerned about her mother and older sister who are on strike due to the poor condition of mill workers; little pay for food, rent and a way to stay warm. During the strike, she meets a homeless boy, Jack who is doing anything to s ...more
While I didn’t particularly fall in love with this book, as it seem to continuously drag along; I do see curriculum connections that could be useful by incorporating this book. As it clearly fits in a history lesson and meets many criteria’s for evaluating historical fiction, you can also use Bread and Roses, Too to continue to develop on literary elements such as plot structure and developing characters.
Katherine Paterson is the author of Bread and Roses, Too along wi ...more
However, now that I'm an adult, it would be interesting to read about this in a book written for grown-ups - I'm sure it would be complex.
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The other character is Jake, a young boy whose mother is dead and whose father is a drunkard. Jake works at the mill also, but his father takes his paycheck to buy booze.
I thought this was a good historical novel. It shares about the Lawrence Strike of 1912. There was times were I thought it was a little boring, however at others I could not put it down. It was interesting seeing the family dynamic in this story, because Rosa was against the strike but her mother and sister were joining the front lines.
I think book would be best for students to independently read in 4th or 5th grade. I think the vocabulary is appropriate for those gr ...more
Frankly, it bored me. I was not captivated by this book, yet I gave it two stars because I like the setting in time, and am fascinated by the 1900s strikes. Rosa annoyed me.
On to the next read
I was a bit alarmed when I first heard reader Lorna Raver's voice, I thought I wasn't going to like her. I quickly warmed to her, though, because her accents (Scottish not withstanding, Duncan) were excellent!
I want to go back and reread Lyddie now as I seem to remember her leaving Vermont to work in the Lowell mills... F ...more
this novel is based around a strike in Lawrence set in 1912. As the strike tears up the city, two people are brought closer together.
Jake Beal(e) lives the kind of life where he would rather sleep in a garbage pile than his own bed; this is where he meets Rosa Serutti. Jake is a troubled young boy who is left to stealing the basic necessities of food, water & even whiskey for his...more
People are always asking me questions I don't have answers for. One is, "When did you first know that you wanted to become a writer?" The fact is that I never wanted to be a writer, at least not when I was a child, or even a young woman. Today I want very much to be a writer. But when I was ten, I wanted to be either a movie star or a missionary. When I was twenty, I wanted t ...more