Join virtual readers and influencers singing the praises of The Heart of Bakers and Artists. Thanks to Stephanie Rabell of Book and Wine Lovers Marketing (#bookandwinelovers), book clubs and podcasts have hopped onboard.
Spartabookworm 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first novel in a series 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 delivering the setting of the story, I often could visualize myself on the streets with the girls as they were delivering bread, and in the tiny apartment they share with their parents and other sisters. A story full of hardship, discrimination, child labor, hunger, poverty, but ultimately love, and endurance, and grit of people and families back in that time period. I loved seeing the story center around girls, and I think this would make a great book for the 8-14 year old age range. The book also included some discussion questions, resources for teachers and educators, and vocabulary and expressions. This is book one of a series, and I can’t wait to read the next one by this author. Well done, a great gift book, a great book for classrooms, Girl Scouts, and anyone looking to learn more about this time period. Well worth the read, I recommend it highly.
Certified_Book_Nerd 4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story for All Ages I haven’t read a children’s Historical Fiction quite like this, and I’m glad I was asked to participate on this book tour. It’s a great story about the lives children were dealt back when child labor and taking care of family was more important than schooling and one’s own wants.
I absolutely love Lily and how, even though she’s told she’s too young, or too small, she still tries to help. Likewise, I love Margaret. She is older and has the weight of responsibility on her shoulders. There is a part where she’s asked what she wants…and she responds that it doesn’t matter. How heartbreaking that children had to feel and live that sentiment at such a young age.
I would love to see this in schools for elementary children to read and discuss. There is so much here to unpack and for children to learn from.
I sincerely appreciate the publisher and Book & Wine Lovers Marketing for providing me with a review copy. All opinions expressed herein are mine and mine alone.
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“If you don’t cook with love, you have to get out of the kitchen.” Florence Messina