Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jill McElmurry

October 7th, 2015 Kimberly Review 50 Comments

7th Oct

Happy Wednesday! Today I am sharing a beautifully illustrated children’s book called Sharing the Bread: An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Story by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jill McElmurry. Grab a cup of pumpkin coffee or cinnamon tea and join me…

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Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jill McElmurry
Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story
by Pat Zietlow Miller, Jill McElmurry
Genres: Childrens
Pages: 32
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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.

Mama, fetch the cooking pot.
Fetch our turkey-cooking pot.
Big and old and black and squat.
Mama, fetch the pot.

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 sentences make it easy to read to children of all ages.  It’s the perfect book to bring to your next Thanksgiving celebration. It shares working together, celebrating and family. I loved that each person no matter how small had an important job to do.


About Jill McElmurry

Jill McElmurry

Jill McElmurry was born in Los Angeles, CA into a family of artists and musicians and grew up in Taos, NM. She studied art at SUNY Purchase and School of Visual Arts in New York. Before fulfilling her lifelong dream of creating picture books, Jill illustrated magazines, book covers, posters and design projects in the United States and Germany. She’s had several pieces shown at the NY Society of Illustrators. When she’s not working on books, she’s painting the New Mexico landscape or enjoying herself with her partner and their dogs on Higglety Pigglety Farm in Albuquerque.

About Pat Zietlow Miller

Pat Zietlow Miller

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. Then, she joined an insurance company and edited its newsletter and magazine. Now, she writes insurance information by day and children’s books by night. Her first picture book, SOPHIE’S SQUASH, is illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf and published by Schwartz & Wade. Her second picture book, WHEREVER YOU GO, is illustrated by Eliza Wheeler and will be released April 21, 2015 by Little, Brown. SHARING THE BREAD, illustrated by Jill McElmurry, will come out from Schwartz & Wade in August 2015. THE QUICKEST KID IN CLARKSVILLE, a fiction picture book inspired by Olympic sprinter Wilma Rudolph, is under contract with Chronicle.

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50 Responses to “Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jill McElmurry”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    This book looks lovely and the perfect book for storytime. I will share this with the Children’s lead at my bookstore so she can use it for storytime next month. 😀

  2. Trish

    Sounds so cute. It actually gives me the vibe of Little House on the Prairie (but in simpler, picture book form).

  3. Melissa (Books and Things)

    Love illustrated books! All I can say is that I had an aunt who had a wood stove like that and would cook on it b/c she could do it well and it was good. However, it made the kitchen hotter than Hades! O.o

  4. Megan

    This sounds like a great book for little ones for Thanksgiving. I love the illustrations.

  5. Heidi

    I like the illustrations, and what a nice way to help explain the importance of Thanksgiving to young kids.

  6. Ramona

    Oh, how lovely indeed! And the whole idea is extremely inspired – I think even my son would enjoy this 🙂 Thanks for the rec, Kimba!

  7. Sarah

    Awe this book looks so cute! You know, you’re new children’s book feature has been making me want to re-visit my old favorite children’s books. I am feeling a new appreciation for picture books 😀 I love that this book teaches kids the importance of family tradition. It looks wonderful!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Awe, I am glad. When Princess Sophia came along I knew as her Nonna I wanted to fill her bookshelf and this was the perfect way to do so. I enjoy sharing them, and have been pleased that folks enjoy the feature.

  8. Jenny

    I’m suddenly craving turkey and mashed potatoes Kim! I love Thanksgiving food so much:) The illustrations in this one are absolutely gorgeous!

  9. Aubrey Wynne

    I absolutely love this. I am always looking for a good holiday book. Between the illustrations and the rhymes, my class will love this!!

  10. Tracy Terry

    Whilst a teaching assistant we struggled to find a suitable book that explained Thanksgiving to young (4-5 year old) English children. This sounds like it would have been perfect.