Recently, I brought home two books illustrated by the same author. I didn’t even realize it until we finished the second book. ML is becoming an expert in determining the mediums used for picture books. She nailed it for both these books. The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade uses color pencils. Last Stop on Market Street uses a combination of acrylic paint and collage.
The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts and illustrated by Christian Robinson – “Hardly anyone noticed young Sally McCabe. She was the smallest girl in the smallest grade. But Sally notices everything—from the twenty-seven keys on the janitor’s ring to the bullying happening on the playground. One day, Sally has had enough and decides to make herself heard. And when she takes a chance and stands up to the bullies, she finds that one small girl can make a big difference.” (From Penguin’s website)
Last Stop on Market Street words by Matt De La Pena and pictures by Christian Robinson – “Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.” (From Penguin’s website)
Why should you read these books?
Both stories are sweet; but not sappy. They show even the littlest people can make a huge difference.
I’m embarrassed to admit, ML thought the Grandma and boy’s last stop was for a cookout. The concept of a soup kitchen is foreign to her. Luckily, there is a local Food Bank which has special days for children to volunteer packing food for families. I’m calling today to find out more details.