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A Bulgarian peasant boy must convince his mother that he is destined to be a sculptor, not a farmer.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 1st 1967 by Viking Press (first published 1934)
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Sep 13, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery
You know how there's often an excerpt of the book on the cover--something to make the book sound exciting so people will want to read it? This is what's on the back cover of DOBRY:

Roda, the mother, baked bread in the courtyard ovens. First she built up wood fires in the ovens until their openings glowed redder than their tile roofs. When the ovens were hot enough Roda raked out the coals and put in the loaves of bread, well wrapped in horseradish leaves which Dobry brought.

When the fi
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Though I have no idea of Shannon's qualifications to write of Bulgarian peasant life, I do remember enjoying this beautifully written story when I read it for the Newbery club:

I don't think I would have enjoyed it as a child, though, as it's so subtle and quiet.

I particularly liked bits of wisdom like this:

"When we eat the good bread we are eating months of sunlight, weeks of rain and snow from the sky, richness out of the earth. We eat everything now, clouds even. It becomes part of us.... We s
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found this book while dipping into a favorite book of mine on reading with children called Bequest of Wings by Annis Duff. Mrs. Duff was mentioning great children's books with food in them! I was intrigued and picked this one up as it won the Newberry. I found this book absolutely sweet and interesting about a peasant boy in Bulgaria who lives with his mother and grandfather. They bake and farm for a living, yet Dobry has an artist's eye and a bent for beauty in the ordinary. This book is very ...more
Shauna Edwards
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Young Dobry lived with his mother and grandfather in the mountains of Bulgaria. He was a very talented artist who painted, drew, and sculpted incredible pieces of artwork. Though extremely gifted, his mom’s expectation was for him to work on the family farm. Dobry’s passion, however, was not to become a farmer, but rather to attend art school and become a successful artist.

Dobry shared his simple country life with Neda, his best friend. Together they shared all the exciting events of Bulgarian
Dec 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
I am beginning to think my quest to read all the Newbery winners is a colossal waste of time. I'm not sure if children were really boring in 1934, or easier to please than today's children, or if the Newbery committee just did an awful job choosing the books back then, but this book was so boring. It is about a young boy living in Bulgaria and his daily life.

Maybe it was not acceptable back then to write books about the real challenges kids face, or to have complex characters, or to make kids r
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: newbery
PRE-SCRIPT: My eldest helped me to see that Dobry's name may be a diminuitive-type name, based on the Croatian (and we're thinking, surely, Bulgarian) word "dobro," which means "good."
Makes me smile. How about you?

I love Dobry! I loved learning so much about the culture of a small village in Bulgaria. (I'm hoping there was some historical/cultural accuracy.) I enjoyed the descriptions of day-to-day life and the seasonal goings-on in the village. A gypsy bear that gives massages and lets the peop
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
I was a bit surprised at the lovely little bits of Orthodoxy found here. It's more slow-paced than I had expected, but a sweet little book nonetheless, with an overall optimistic and happy tone.
Jan 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: don't think a kid or young adult would enjoy this unless for the Bulgarian cultural factor
Shelves: newbery-medal
A real yawn fest, this on. I didn't care for it at all and don't think I would have spent the time finishing it if it weren't part of my goal of reading all the Newberys. It has no plot! No conflict! I just have a hard time believing that everyone in a poor farming community in Bulgaria would be upbeat, carefree and contented all the time. I just don't buy it. Yes, it's interesting to learn things about Bulgarian life and culture such as how they nod their heads for no and shake their heads for ...more
Jul 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, newbery
Winner of the 1935 Newbery, this is the tale of a young Bulgarian peasant lad who lives with his mother and story-telling grandfather. A fledgling artist, a primitivist, and quasi-mystic, Dobry lives in the moment of every day, enraptured equally at the falling of snow, the flight of storks, the babble of a river, the baking of good bread with cheese and butter, a snow-melting contest, or a massage by a tame gypsy bear. As he lives and works through the months and seasons, he develops his art as ...more
Jan 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, newbery
Newbery winner. 1935

I wanted to give this book more stars just so my review started in stark contrast to all the 2 & 3 star ones that really hated it. Why give a book ANY stars if you disliked it that much? Oh the weirdo social implications of rating a book. I don't think I'd recommend this book, but I certainly wouldn't defame it like The Wheel on the School or Miss Hickory. (One of the plus points on reading others reviews was seeing that someone else agreed that this book had some WTF mom
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