Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street

eBook - 2015
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Winner of the 2016 Newbery MedalA 2016 Caldecott Honor BookA 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor BookA New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2015A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2015Every 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.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: 2015.
ISBN: 9780698173347
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: De La PeÑA, Matt

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MeganDFarris
Jun 08, 2019

I wanted to like this book, but I didn't. The characters are complete stereotypes: the blind man has a seeing eye dog and talks about his other senses being heightened, the teenagers are too into the latest ipod/whatever, some guy in a cowboy hat is strumming a guitar (probably country music, considering the major stereotyping, but we're not told). The old lady is wearing curlers and carrying a jar of butterflies (I guess to signify she's senile like all old ladies should be (sarcasm here)).

Second complaint is the dialogue. It's stilted and weird. The grandma and grandson both talk like "how come we don't gotta car?" and she calls her grandson "boy." While I've known real people who talk this way, in this case it seemed like a lazy stereotype to depict race/poverty/living in the City in the most uncomfortable way possible.

Thirdly, The boy's "character arc" begins as he complains about having to go to the place (we find out at the end of the story it's a soup kitchen where they volunteer) and complain about having to ride the bus there, but then at the end he realizes he's glad he came. But...he says earlier, "How come we always gotta go here" which makes it sound like it's a recurring event every Sunday after church. Why did he suddenly realize on this day that it was fun to come when he's gone to the soup kitchen several times before? Because the story demanded it? There's no logical reason why he'd suddenly change his mind.

There are much better books out there if you want realistic diversity. This one is a definite skip.

ArapahoeSteffen Nov 16, 2017

This book won the Newberry and I was skeptical, as this award is traditionally given to picture books. However, this FEELS like a chapter book. The reader has a lot to think about the characters, themes, and language. Christian Robinson's illustrations are as powerful as ever!

VaughanPLLonnie Jan 16, 2017

Take a bus ride through the city to see what, where, who and why our city is great -- diversity.

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jassiet
Aug 23, 2016

The story is sweet, simple and beautiful. Living in the Bay Area, I love seeing kids books that show city life and riding the bus. It was easy for my son to connect with the story (he's 2) and I found it heartwarming.

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robynlinford
Jun 18, 2016

In reading to my preschool aged children, this book really stood out to me. The pictures and words were simple, understandable, and easy to relate to. However, the best thing about the book was the plethora of rich life lesson material it presents. As I read this to my kids, I took the opportunity to expound on the book's themes of beauty and appreciation of diversity (age, skin color, clothing, disability, socioeconomic status, etc.), service, kindness, and optimism.

MGBustillo May 20, 2016

Newberry Award winning tale of one boy's journey home from church with his grandmother on the bus.

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jk418
May 03, 2016

The positive outlook of the grandmother encouraging her grandson to look on the bright side of life...I found this so refreshing! My favorite is when he asks her, "How come it's always so dirty over here?"...and she answers, "Sometimes when you're surrounded by dirt, C.J., you're a better witness for what's beautiful."

JCLKatieS Feb 29, 2016

This is a sweet story about a boy who is always looking at and wanting what others have. His nana teaches him the importance of finding beauty in everything and everyone around him. Her message is a great one to share with children who are learning how to value the people and things around them.

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BUNBUN1978
Jan 20, 2016

This book has caused some talk due to the fact that it is a picture book and it won the Newbery. I try and read the winner each year. This is a nice story about a boy and his grandmother. The grandmother sees the beauty in all things. It tells a nice story and the pictures are very good but the text did not really grab me the way a Newbery winner should

sdodge66 Jan 13, 2016

2016 Newbery Medal winner

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LibrarianDest Jan 28, 2016

Sometimes when you're surrounded by dirt, CJ, you're a better witness for what's beautiful.

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GabiND
Jan 08, 2016

"CJ saw the perfect rainbow arcing over their soup kitchen. he wondered how his nana always found beautiful where he never thought to look"

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abaumler
Sep 06, 2017

A young boy, CJ, rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

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