From Guest Blogger Judith Vitali


Paulette responded to my sharing a link today from Bread and Roses Bakery in Ogunquit, Maine….she mentioned the children’s book by Katherine Paterson, Bread and Roses,Too….and here is how the exchange went….

Paulette: Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson about the strike in the mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a children’s book for readers of any age.

Judith: and that is how the bakery got its name……not only is the food delicious, but the owner is obviously a very caring employer who also frequently gives back to the community.

Judith: Lyddie is another Katherine Paterson book about the mills in Lowell, Young Adult, but I recommend for adults as well…Paterson is one of my favorite children’s authors.

Paulette: I like Lyddie even better than Bread and Roses, Too. I love both. Your bakery brought them to mind. The information at the website is very interesting. Why not send me copy via e-mail for a guest blog. Everyone would love it.

Paulette started my mind going in many different directions…I had shared the bakery’s picture because it featured whoopee pies (a family favoite…and then I realized how much I admire the woman who started Bread and Roses…I first visited it when it was down an alley and extremely small in size…the business has grown, but Mary continues with her compassion and passion for high standards, her employees and the town of Ogunquit.

Then Paulette mentioned children’s literature… when I taught fifth grade, most of my reading during the school year was Young Adult fiction…fast reads, but wonderful stories indeed I often felt these novels should be shared with adults as well… such fascinating topics and outstanding writing…so many favorites…I loved Katherine Paterson and Cynthia Voight … another of my favorite books was The Cay by Theodore Taylor (read it to my class every year, and the ending still brought tears to my eyes).

So here’s to Paulette’s blog at and our quest for good food, good reading, and good times… share with good friends, of course.

Here’s to Judith, one of the first guest bloggers here. Thank you!
Oh, and I can tell you those whoopee pies from Bread and Roses Bakery are seriously melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

You are all invited to comment or send me copy via e-mail to include in an upcoming post.

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