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Small in the City by Sydney Smith

jess_mango's review

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4.0

When you are small in the city you can feel invisible and things might seem scary. In this book a little kid gives advice for being small in the city to a friend.

becca_willie04's review against another edition

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emotional fast-paced

4.0

lalaoblivion's review

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5.0

What a cute lil book. Loved the art. Kinda sad tho. Got me a little teary??

brenda8's review

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emotional

5.0

Cities are beautiful and exciting, but they can also be brutal and scary. Getting to know your way around takes time, but the streets and buildings become part of yourself and your story. 
Amazing book, amazing artwork. We need more books like this one. 

carolineinthelibrary's review

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5.0

Welp, I didn't expect to cry reading a picture book today but this one got me. The illustrations are beautiful and the story really keeps you going to the end...then it crushes your soul. I still loved it.

jaij7's review

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5.0

Fantastic illustrations and story.

mbrandmaier's review

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5.0

A child trudges through the snowy city, giving advice about the best warm spots. Eventually the reader realizes who the narrator is talking to. It is a little bit heartbreaking but leaves a subtle note of hope at the end with the final illustration.

jcstokes95's review

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emotional mysterious sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? N/A
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

3.5

The exact kind of illustrations I want in a picture book, beautifully textured. Quite a sad, slow piece and with ambiguity. Would be great for teaching about narration or searching for context clues upon reread. Overall, not as narrative focused as I personally like my children's book. But I am not a child, so your mileage may vary! 

jordanmae23's review

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5.0

I found this book to be very sweet. With few words but many beautiful illustrations, the book highlights the many struggles that may exist for someone or something within a big city. It leaves you guessing who the narrator is speaking to while also leaving you with a glimpse of hope in the end. Would be a great tool in an elementary classroom setting to exhibit context clues, predictions, and struggles of others.

izumisano's review

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3.0

I wasn't super crazy about this book. I thought the story telling was a little weird, until I got the little twist at the end. That improved my opinion a bit, but not enough to love it.