Almost everything Callie's family owns is spread out in their front yard -- their furniture, their potted flowers, even Callie's bike. After a job loss in the family, money is tight; they can't stay in this house, so they're moving to an apartment in the city. The new place is "small but nice," Mom says, and most of their things won't fit, so today they are having a yard sale. But it's kind of hard to watch people buy your stuff, even if you understand why it has to happen.
With sensitivity and grace, Eve Bunting and Lauren Castillo portray an event at once familiar and difficult, making clear that a home isn't about what you have, but whom you hold close.
"A particular heart-wrenching moment comes as a woman offers five dollars instead of 10 for a headboard because it is covered in crayon marks. Callie reflects, 'I wish I hadn't put the crayon marks on there. They were to show how many times I had read Goodnight Moon.'...The clear and concise writing is a wonderful choice for the subject matter. The soft ink and watercolor illustrations with thick black lines portray the text excellently and without unnecessary additions. While the topic of moving is covered in a multitude of picture books, this one looks at it from a difficult perspective that most authors choose to avoid or gloss over." -- Brooke Newberry, School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||4 - 8|
|Publication Date||Apr 14, 2015|