on September 22, 2015
Genres: Children's Book
Source: the publisher
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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 tends the fire, Sister kneads, and Brother bastes. Everyone—from Grandma and Grandpa to the littlest baby—has a special job to do. Told in spare, rhythmic verse and lively illustrations, Sharing the Bread is a perfect read-aloud to celebrate the Thanksgiving tradition.
“A warm and wonderful holiday treasure.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
“Captures the spirit of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.” —School Library Journal
“A delightful holiday book that shows the heartwarming tradition of food and family.” —Booklist
What I Like:
Sharing the Bread was an wonderful way to introduce my 2 year old to Thanksgiving. I feel like this is the first year he will really understand what’s going on and enjoy the family time and food. The story is really quite simple, a family prepares their Thanksgiving feast. Everyone helps or has their own special task. The illustrations are gorgeous and really bring the story to life. I wouldn’t expect anything short of beautiful from Jill McElmurry (we love Little Blue Truck so much).
My only qualm with the book is the book is the lines and scenes about saying grace and praying. We aren’t a religious family, but I understand that most people are and that it fits the time frame of the book well. I’m not going to be nitpicky about it, but it’s not my favorite part of the story.
What Finn Likes:
Finn seems to love the cadence of the story. He really enjoys picking out the dog and cat and various family members on each page. He’s always thrilled when their dinner is finally ready and they sit down to eat.
Sharing the Bread is a lovely Thanksgiving picture book. I always enjoy reading it to Finn.