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My City Speaks



by
Darren LeBeuf
illustrated by
Ashley Barron

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Corus Entertainment
Imprint
Kids Can Press
ISBN
9781525304149

Awards and Honors
2022 Schneider Family Book Award Winner
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
None
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QTY
Out of stock

JLG Category

City Elementary

A young girl, who is visually impaired, finds much to celebrate as she explores the city she loves.

A young girl and her father spend a day in the city, her city, traveling to the places they go together: the playground, the community garden, the market, an outdoor concert. As they do, the girl describes what she senses in delightfully precise, poetic detail. Her city, she says, “rushes and stops, and waits and goes.” It “pitters and patters, and drips and drains.” It “echoes” and “trills,” and is both “smelly” and “sweet.” Her city also speaks, as it “dings and dongs, and rattles and roars.” And sometimes, maybe even some of the best times, it just listens.

Darren Lebeuf uses his keen observational skills as an award-winning photographer to poetically capture sensory experiences in this charming ode to city life. The rhythmic, lyrical text makes for an appealing read-aloud. Ashley Barron's vividly hued cut-paper collage illustrations add compelling visual interest to the text's descriptions. Though the main character is visually impaired, she travels around the city and enthusiastically enjoys its many offerings, and actively contributes to the lyrical bustle of city life by putting on a violin performance in the park. The author's use of limited but evocative language can help children develop an aesthetic awareness and can serve as a perfect jumping-off point for children to use their senses to specifically describe, and appreciate, their own surroundings. The story and illustrations were reviewed by a blind sensitivity reader.Full-color illustrations were rendered in cut-paper collage, watercolor, acrylic, and pencil crayon, with some digital assembly.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
None

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

9" x 9"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

AD450L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Nov 2021

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Fathers and daughters. Urban and city life. Blindness. Disabilities and special needs. Sensory experiences. Sounds. 

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Grades 2-6
City Elementary
For Grades 2-6

Urban situations and plot lines featuring ethnically and culturally diverse characters give these books a unique city flavor and feel. Young urban readers will find familiar images, and readers who are not from the city will enjoy exploring life from a new perspective. The 12 books you'll receive in this category will ensure that urban adventures are available all year long.

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$254.88 per Year
Interests
Diversity,Fiction,Positive Messages
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