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Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  370 ratings  ·  80 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by Schwartz & Wade (first published August 25th 2015)
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The art is warm and cozy with warm earth colors. You can almost smell the food. It is also warm in the sense that the story is about a family that is very close and working together for the Thanksgiving meal. Everyone is contributing.

It's a nice warm rhyming story about the importance of family at Thanksgiving. It has an old fashioned style and cloths - with old fashioned kitchen-ware too.
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharing the Bread by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jill McElmurry shares an old-fashion Thanksgiving story of a family working together to prepare for the feast. Delightfully illustrated it shows a classic 19th century American family at Thanksgiving. Everyone in the family participates in preparing for the big event. The children make festive placemats and grandma bakes the pies. The text is simple and geared for those four to eight years of age. The colorful illustrations combined with catchy sentenc ...more
Sara Grochowski
Upon my first reading, I completely fell in love with this collaboration from Pat Zietlow Miller (Sophie's Squash) and Jill McElmurry (Little Blue Truck). Thanksgiving was always an important holiday within my family, as it was one of the celebrations that always brought my extended family together. Like in Sharing the Bread, Thanksgiving was characterized by action, a crowded, busy kitchen, and the faces of parents, siblings, grandparents, and aunts and uncles. The illustrations depict a turn o ...more
Beth  (YA Books Central)
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First of all... I LOVE the holidays so when I was given the opportunity to review Sharing The Bread then I immediately accepted. Sharing The Bread is a beautiful description of the meaning behind Thanksgiving. It has simple yet beautiful illustrations that will appeal to not only the young audience but everyone.

Sharing The Bread expresses how to have the whole family involved in the process and traditions that go along with Thanksgiving. Each member of the family has their own job and they all
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love to check out the new holiday picture book offerings - especially Thanksgiving, which has become so over-shadowed by Christmas and Black Friday! So it was fun to peek at this new picture book today.
Sharing the Bread is set in the late 19th century, is simple and sweet, with lovely rhyming, rhythmic verses. Everyone in the family has a job to do in preparation for the meal. The only religious overtones are at the end when the double-page spread depicts the entire family holding hands arou
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked the rhyming text that describes how the members of a family (probably late 1800s) prepare for Thanksgiving.
Nov 21, 2015 rated it liked it
All done in rhyme, the story flows easily. All about the family effort to get Thanksgiving food on the table.
Darling! Really enjoyed this rhyming portrayal of a family coming together to prepare and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. Wonderful pictures too.
Your next traditional Thanksgiving picture book. Reminiscent of Ox-Cart Man.
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fun one to read aloud because of the rhyming. It shows the family preparing Thanksgiving dinner.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Laura (Book Scrounger)
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love Thanksgiving! This simple book fills me with nostalgia. Full review here:
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Delightful story, told in rhyme, of a family's preparations (and anticipation of) their Thanksgiving feast.

Mash. Top. Pour. (And rest.)
Food and loved ones. We are blessed.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a joy! This book is great and simple, yet it explores how thanksgiving used to be. I loved it.
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Told in rhyme, this picture book is a celebration of a family preparing Thanksgiving dinner together. The nineteenth century American traditions echo our modern ones closely. Readers will see the turkey go into the wood-burning oven. Dough for the bread is kneaded and allowed to rise. There is cranberry sauce made on the stove and a pumpkin pie with hand-whipped topping. Mashed potatoes are added to the feast as well as a jug of cider. Soon everyone is gathered around the table and prayers are s ...more
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Told in rhyme, this picture book is a celebration of a family preparing Thanksgiving dinner together. The nineteenth century American traditions echo our modern ones closely. Readers will see the turkey go into the wood-burning oven. Dough for the bread is kneaded and allowed to rise. There is cranberry sauce made on the stove and a pumpkin pie with hand-whipped topping. Mashed potatoes are added to the feast as well as a jug of cider. Soon everyone is gathered around the table and prayers are s ...more
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have a lot of bias towards holiday books, because I have always loved them so much. But this story did a really great job talking about the history behind Thanksgiving in a fictional way. It is deemed a historical fiction book because although a lot of the story could have happened because the historical facts are accurate, the story itself is not. I chose this book out of the many options at the library on historical fiction, because it was about Thanksgiving and that time of the year is comi ...more
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Rhyming text that carries you along, repetitive rhythm that helps young readers predict what will come next, and warm family scenes in each illustration make this book a winner. Whether it is read over and over at home for the holidays, or used as a read-aloud in class or library story time, readers of all ages will enjoy the sight of an extended family making their holiday meal preparations. As an educator, I especially like the short summary every few pages featuring all the verbs used in the ...more
Rhyming text describes one family's preparations for a Thanksgiving feast. Although the gouache illustrations and some of the references to tending the stove fire make it clear that this is an experience occurring much earlier in time--say, the nineteenth century--in some respects, this is what many families still do around holiday time as every member of the family does his/her share. The hard work is especially visible on the faces and clothing of Grandma and Mother. In the end all the hard wo ...more
I love the illustrations and rhyming text. I'm not sure about some other key details. Is the family presented with consistent historical details? If you had that stove, is this they style of dress you would wear? Would your aunt have glasses like that? Would grandpa REALLY cook the cranberries? Would an 19th century family really show affection in these sweet ways? I really don't know enough about history to know if they illustrations are accurate; the author and illustrator did not include any ...more
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sharing The Bread transports readers back to the 19th century and follows one family as they prepare a magnificent and yummy Thanksgiving meal!

Told through sparse, lyrical rhymes, Sharing The Bread is a heartwarming and charming picture book. The simple, yet descriptive, rhymes are sweet and amusing in their sing-song flow. Little readers will easily be able to memorize their favorite lines and “read along”. From putting the turkey into the oven to making all the fixings and setting a gorgeous t
Kristina Jean Lareau
A family prepares and gathers for a Thanksgiving meal.

This is one of the first picturebooks with a rhyme scheme that is so exacting and precise that its poetry was a balm.

The illustrations depict the the narrative and rarely extent or add further development to the plot. The illustrations are artfully rendered but I cannot help but think how this "old-fashioned" tale feels just so with such a white-washed heteronormative family depicted. There are so many holiday books that feel just like this.
Mary Ann
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
With gentle rhymes and old-fashioned pictures, this book celebrates a family coming together to prepare a Thanksgiving meal. "Sister, knead the rising dough. / Punch it down, then watch it grow. / Line your loaves up in a row. / Sister, knead the dough." I love how each family member contributes and kids will like all the ways they're involved. As the kitchen fills with family members sharing the cooking tasks and anticipating the feast, readers see the dinner coming together—and may be surprise ...more
Sandy Brehl
The rhyming text for this charming Thanksgiving story is rich and tightly metered. It's use of periodic shifts in pattern keep readers engaged and signal transitions in the story. It has just the right blend of formality and charm to suit the era portrayed and will wear well through the repeated readings that are bound to occur. Kids will be chiming in before you know it.
Time spent exploring the illustrations will reveal rich details as well as subtle relationships and many clues as tto the time
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sharing the Bread is a gem of a holiday picture book, aptly depicting the “old-fashioned Thanksgiving” described in the title. Set in nineteenth-century America, an entire family prepares for the autumnal feast, each contributing in their own way. The illustrations feature the available technology of that time, from a wood-burning stove to oil lamps and jugs of cider. Muted hues also add to the authenticity of this portrayal of the time period, with splashes of beautiful jewel tones for punches ...more
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Stepping back in time Sharing The Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story (Schwartz & Wade Books, September 22, 2015) written by Pat Zietlow Miller with illustrations by Jill McElmurry gives readers a look at a family preparing a holiday meal. Like integral parts on a well-balanced machine fused together with love, they work together. We begin with Mama.

My full recommendation:
Michael Fitzgerald
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Mostly good. The rhymes vary, with quite a few using a rather lazy approach (the exact same word at the end of the first and second lines and also at the end of the fourth - the better ones use three different words):

Uncle, swing the cider jug.
Swing that gallon cider jug.
Pour a drink in every mug.
Uncle, swing the jug.


Auntie, mash potatoes now.
Just like Grandma taught you how.
Top with butter from our cow.
Auntie, mash them now.
Miss Pippi the Librarian
A thanksgiving story about making dinner for the family. Everyone has their own part to bring the meal together. The illustrations are historical and warm. The text is set up in verses and fun to read. For storytime, I added ASL signs for the members in the family as well as the title of the book. As we read the story, on a family group page, we counted all the family members. Such a wonderful Thanksgiving story to share!

2016 storytime theme: thanks

Reviewed from a library copy.
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a cute rhyming story about Thanksgiving, but honestly there wasn't much substance to it. The inside jacket flap claims it's about a "19th century Thanksgiving" but there's no reference to that within the story, nor is there an author's note with possibilities about how to compare and contrast the differences in traditions. I'll keep this one as a nice Thanksgiving story, but not much there to use in the classroom.
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The spare, rhyming prose fairly sings, and brought back many happy memories of standing around my grandma's stainless steel bucket with siblings breaking the homemade bread into bite-sized pieces for the stuffing. Thank you for the beautiful words, and the picture at the end of the family holding hands, which has special meaning in our family--mountains, valleys, hooray!
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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. Th