Rained Warm Bread


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Moishe Moskowitz was thirteen when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family learned the language of fear. The wolves loomed at every corner, yet Moishe still held on to the blessings of his mother’s blueberry pierogis, of celebrating the Sabbath as a family, of a loyal friend. But each day the darkness weighed more heavily on Moishe as his family was broken, uprooted, and scattered across labor and concentration camps. Just as his last hopes began to dim, a simple act of kindness redeemed his faith that goodness could survive the trials of war: That was the day it rained warm bread.


 *Parents Choice Magazine Gold Award
 *Kirkus Best Books of the Year
 *ALA Notable Book for Young Readers
*NCTE Notable Verse Novel
 *ALSC Notable Children’s Book
*Bank Street College Best Books of year

Story by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet
Poems by Hope Anita Smith
Illustrations by Lea Lyon
Christy Ottaviano Books/ Henry Holt
New York, 2019

Paperback 2021