Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story

by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jill McElmurry

“Mama, fetch the cooking pot. Fetch our turkey-cooking pot. Big and old and... read more

“Mama, fetch the cooking pot. Fetch our turkey-cooking pot. Big and old and black and squat. Mama fetch the pot.” An energetic patterned text goes on to call on every member of an extended, multigenerational family to do their part as they all pitch in to prepare the Thanksgiving meal. Daddy tends the fire. Sister bakes bread. Brother bastes the turkey. Grandpa cooks berries. Grandma makes pie. Auntie mashes potatoes. Uncle pours cider. And Baby? Baby sleeps, quiet as a mouse, until it’s time for everyone to share the meal. A narrative that could easily be describing a contemporary family is paired with muted gouache illustrations showing a family of lively personalities living in the late 19th or early 20th century. (Ages 4–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016

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