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Small in the City

illustrated by Sydney Smith

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city & town life, friendship, pets
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Description

The first picture book that the award-winning Sydney Smith has both written and illustrated is a story about feeling small in the city — and finding your way home.

On a snowy day in a big city, a little boy hops off a streetcar and walks through downtown, between office buildings, through parks and down busy streets. Along the way, he provides helpful tips about which alleys make good shortcuts, which trees to climb and where to find a friendly face. All the while, the boy searches for what he has lost …

The first book that award-winning illustrator Sydney Smith has written tells a story of what it means to get lost in the city, travel the wrong path and get caught in bad weather — and to ultimately find your way back home. His beautiful watercolour illustrations alternate between full spreads and small panels, evoking the sometimes overwhelming cacophony of urban sights and sounds, as well as the quiet moments that make all of us feel less small in the city.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.7
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.3
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.4
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.

About the Author

Sydney Smith

SYDNEY SMITH is an illustrator born and bred in Nova Scotia. He attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and has been in Halifax since receiving his BFA in 2006. Since then, he has collaborated with many musicians and authors, including two children's books with Sheree Fitch. He was awarded the Mayor's Award for Mable Murple in 2011.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 7
Grade:
k to 2
Reading age:
4 to 7
Awards
  • Short-listed, Elizabeth-Mrazik Cleaver Award
  • Winner, Atlantic Book Award ‚Äî Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration
  • Winner, Ezra Jack Keats Award
  • Winner, Atlantic Book Award — Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration
  • , Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award
  • Short-listed, Sheila Barry Best Canadian Picture Book of the Year
  • Commended, NPR‚Äôs Best Books
  • Commended, Horn Book‚Äôs Fanfare List
  • Commended, New York Times 25 Best Children‚Äôs Books of 2019
  • Commended, Globe 100 List
  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Award, Young People's Literature - Illustrated Books
  • Commended, School Library Journal Best Picture Books
  • Winner, Governor General’s Literary Award in Young People's Literature
  • Commended, Kirkus Best Picture Books

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