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Daily Bread (Becoming America's Stories, #1)

4.79  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  9 reviews
It is 1911. Crammed into a three-room flat in a Mott Street tenement, the large Taglia family needs all the help they can muster. Spunky songbird Lily wants to help by baking Daily Bread at the bakery like big sister, Margaret. But Margaret says Lily is just a little kid, and there is more to baking Daily Bread than height and an artist’s heart. Lily learns to navigate in ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published October 13th 2020 by Red Penguin Books
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Pat Black-Gould
Jun 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This heartfelt story is part of American History. The author brings us to the tenements in 1911 New York City and examines what life was like during that time. As I read this, I realized how foreign the lives of these people must seem to today’s children—which is why this story needs to be told. So kids, put down your cell phone and read this book. Delve into the world Antoinette Truglio Martin creates as she brings us into the day-to-day struggle and hardships of the children who juggled both s ...more
Christina Dankert
Jul 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Inspired by stories Mrs. Martin heard as a young girl, she takes us on a journey that spans six weeks, set in 1911, in New York City. Antoinette Truglio Martin's story is filled with both heart warming and heart breaking moments. I fell in love with sisters Margaret and Lily as we learned about the challenging times for children, especially immigrant children, during that time period. The girls started their days at the bakery to prep dough for the Daily Bread, go to school, leave at lunch to re ...more
Jul 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My daughter recommended this book to me and I really enjoyed it. Antoinette Martin captures the struggles of immigrant families and child labor. You can feel the cold weather and the children’s desperation to help their families.
I would love to know what happened to Margaret and Lily as they got older.
Angela Migliaccio
Sep 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to @bookandwinelovers and @redpenguinbooks_ review copies for @bookclubgirlssparta in exchange for an honest review.

This is a story for everyone who’s heritage includes immigrants. The 1911 Sicilian family that relocated into NYC captures your heart, especially Margaret and Lily. This story dives into the hardships that immigrants faced from low wages, child labor, discrimination, hunger, dangers children and girls faced and more. The storytelling was so wonderful that you could ima
Helen Simpson
Sep 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
This had a personal connection for me. Originally my family came from Sicily during the second world war and had to work hard to establish their place in society. Changing their name to hide the Italian surname. The story showed the story of a migrant family trying to live the American dream realising it is not all that is has promised.
Vesna  Dan
Aug 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to @bookandwinelovers, @redpenguinbooks_ for @bookclubgirlssparta review copies, in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

What a fantastic story, for any age in my opinion. We come to meet the Taglias who are an immigrant Sicilian family that live in Manhattan's Lower East Side in the year 1911. We focus on two sisters, Margaret and Lily who are working at the local bakery to bake Daily Bread. Author Antoinette Truglio Martin does a spectacular job in deliveri
Rosi Hollinbeck
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Daily Bread is set in New York City in 1911, and it is a very American story. We are a nation of immigrants, and Lily’s family had immigrated from Sicily. Her mother still does not speak enough English to barter with tradesmen for fish or vegetables. Her daughters must act as her translators. Margaret is the oldest and is a star pupil at school. Betta is too frail to attend school or go out at all. Lily goes to school and helps as much as a ten-year-old can. Gigi is only four and wears their pre ...more
Sep 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved “Daily Bread.” Although this is a young adult novel, I thoroughly enjoyed this look into 1911 America as seen through the eyes of young immigrant girls who live in a tenement in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The girls walk every day to the local bakery to help knead and prepare bread before school and during their lunch hour in order to help their family survive. The family deals with hardship, poverty, and bigotry. Like other immigrants, the girls’ father tries to provide for his family bu ...more
Tara Cooper
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This story is aimed at middle school aged kids, so not something I'd typically pick up, but I was glad I did. Set in a NY tenement in 1911, it really illustrated how difficult life was in that era. The author paints a vivid picture of the challenges, but also tells a heart-warming story about the relationship between sisters and the family/friends around them. I'd highly recommend this for a middle school aged kid, but actually quite a good read for an adult as well. ...more
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