It Takes a Team: Review of Sharing the Bread by Pat Zietlow Miller

One of the things that was hardest about living in IL, over seven hours away from my parents and family, was missing some holiday get togethers because of the distance.

Thanksgiving was one of the holidays I missed for three years in a row. I have fond memories of my grandma’s kitchen on Thanksgiving morning. Grandpa’s carving the turkey; Grandma’s mashing the potatoes; mom is whipping up a salad; aunts are tearing apart the buns and putting them in a basket. It truly takes a family team to put together a fantastic feast.

Pat Zietlow Miller captures this team effort wonderfully in her September ’15 title, Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story. Told in a bouncing verse, the story follows a family as they make preparations for a Thanksgiving meal. From basting a turkey, to Grandpa cooking berries, to Grandma whipping up the top for a pumpkin pie, everyone has a hand in making this meal a success.

The book is set in nineteenth century America, but really, it’s not so different from family feasts today. The illustrations by Jill McElmurry give us a glimpse of the dress, style, and feel of life long ago. Though set in the past, young readers will see themselves in the story as they have probably helped with similar tasks in getting a Thanksgiving Day dinner ready.

After all of the preparations, the family gathers around the table to say grace, sharing the food the hands have worked so hard to put together. Smiles abound as the bread is broken. Pat Zietlow Miller captures what Thanksgiving is all about- gathering around with your family to give thanks.

You’ll want to add this title to your Thanksgiving collection. The story will make your heart as warm as the bowl of mashed potatoes on Grandma’s table.


Published by Random House books.


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