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Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la…

Last Stop on Market Street (2015)

by Matt de la Peña

Other authors: Christian Robinson (Illustrator)

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Themes: Music, Diversity, Experience, Appreciation, Poverty

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
  Jessica_Diaz | Jul 28, 2017 |
A boy and his grandmother take the bus on a rainy day. CJ constantly questions his grandmother--Why do they have to take the bus? Why don't they have a car? Why do they always have to go to a certain place after church? Each time, his grandmother gives him an answer that helps him look at it from a more positive point-of-view.

Vibrant paint and collage illustrations and descriptive, rhythmic writing make this a truly enjoyable book. ( )
  CathyInWA | Jul 25, 2017 |
This is a special book with a message of compassion for other people with out preaching to kids. The kids will love the bright pictures and easy text.
  eburger | Jul 15, 2017 |
This book won the 2016 Newberry Medal even though it is a picture book (due to the rich story) CJ is a boy who takes a busied with his Nana and is at the age where he becomes sensitive to class distinctions. His Nana can see beauty all around. They take the bus from church to a soup kitchen where Nana volunteers. Bonus, Nana knits!
  StacyWright | Jul 13, 2017 |
Pena, M.d., & Robinson, C. (2015). Last Stop on Market Street. New York, NY: G.P Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers.

This book tells the story of C.J. and his Nana and their adventures riding the bus after church to the soup kitchen. C.J. questions why they don't go home right after church, why they don't drive a car, why they can't listen to music, and his grandmother answers all of his questions by asking why they would need such things when they already have everything they need and more?

The text is very simple and realistic, C.J. sounding very much like a real, frustrated little boy, and his grandmother is wise and knowledgeable.

The illustrations are beautiful and bring to life the diverse characters and the setting of an urban city,

While the story is simple, the message is very important and comes through clearly without being overly explained.

This is a great book to read aloud with children and have them explain what C.J.learns at the end about appreciating what you have. ( )
  KellyHedine | Jun 25, 2017 |
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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.
This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pena’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s radiant illustrations.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:25 -0400)

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