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Zero Local: Next Stop: Kindness

By: Ethan Murrow

Vita Murrow

Train riders are used to stressful delays on the Zero Local line. But when a new passenger shows gratitude to the driver on their daily commute, tensions begin to ease. Eventually the artistic traveler stops riding the Zero Local line, and discord begins to creep back into the train car. Will the regular passengers find a way to restore the sense of camaraderie they once felt? Inspired by a true story, Ethan and Vita Murrow share with us a tender ode to the power of art and its ability to foster friendship and community in the most unlikely of places.

ISBN: 9780763697471

JLG Release: Jun 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Trains , Public transportation , Commuting , Urban life , Passengers , Drivers , Delays , Art and artists , Kindness , Community

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In this wordless picture book, a young girl riding a train is inspired by an artist’s impromptu drawing to show some appreciation to the driver. She and the other passengers soon come to anticipate the artist’s daily creations, but when they suddenly stop showing up on the train, it’s up to the girl to fill the train and the world with beauty In this wordless picture book, a young girl riding a train is inspired by an artist’s impromptu drawing to show some appreciation to the driver. She and the other passengers soon come to anticipate the artist’s daily creations, but when they suddenly stop showing up on the train, it’s up to the girl to fill the train and the world with beauty. The message of creating art to reduce hatred and stress in the world is simple but effective and may lead to discussions about what’s happening in each scene, as some pages are more open to interpretation. The artwork is the star of the piece. As in the Murrows’ The Whale, the photorealistic pencil drawings are expertly detailed and textured, while the gray palette creates a subdued tone, initially fitting to the theme. The illustrator later adds hints of bright yellow to characters who are literally touched by art—which will help younger readers unlock the meaning behind the story. A touching addition.

Book Details

ISBN

9780763697471

First Release

June 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

9 2/3" x 11"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Trains, Public transportation, Commuting, Urban life, Passengers, Drivers, Delays, Art and artists, Kindness, Community,

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Book Genres

Picture Book

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