Title: Yard Sale
Written by: Eve Bunting
Illustrated by: Lauren Castillo
Published by: Candlewick Press, 2015
Themes/Topics: Downsizing, yard sales, change, moving
Suitable for ages: 4-7
ALMOST EVERYTHING WE OWN is spread out in our front yard. It is all for sale. We are moving to a small apartment.
Callie’s family can no longer afford to stay in their house and are downsizing to s small apartment. Almost everything they own, they are selling in a yard sale – furniture, potted plants, even Callie’s bike, which she at first won’t give up. Callie watches and finds it super hard to see all their/her things being sold and she even worries that she will be sold!
Why I like This Book:
This story is beautiful and moving in a way picture books are rarely for me. The reality of a family’s financial situate changing and the need to downsize considerably is addressed with sweet sensitivity from the eyes of a young child and the visual disappearance of her possessions and her old way of life through a yard sale. Yet, the importance of what really counts and that is one’s loving family is also celebrated.
Lauren’s winsome detailed watercolor scenes, and poignant facial expressions bring this story vividly to life.
- Discussion with young children about what ‘home’ means and what we really need.
- Have children share their moving stories.
- Once spring arrives, yards sales abound every weekend. Check online or maybe in local stores where people stick up ads., find a sale near you and take the kids along.
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