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Small in the City by [Sydney Smith]

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Small in the City Kindle Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 194 ratings

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About the Author

Sydney Smith is an award-winning picture-book illustrator who began illustrating his own work with his debut children’s book Small in the City. The award-winning illustrator of The White Cat and the Monk, Sidewalk Flowers, and Town is by the Sea, he has received two Governor General's Awards for Illustrated Children's Books and four New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year citations. He currently resides in Toronto.

Stephanie Willing is a professional voice actor and audiobook narrator. She enjoys working from her home studio in Queens, New York.
--This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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Praise for Small in the City:

Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award in Young People's Literature — Illustrated Books
New York Times 25 Best Children’s Books of 2019
NPR’s Best Books of 2019
Included in School Library Journal Best Picture Books of 2019
Included in Kirkus Best Picture Books of 2019
Horn Book’s Fanfare List 2019
Globe 100 List, 2019

Small in the City is the best picture book I’ve seen so far this year, and among the most moving I know. For the right child it will be revelatory.” — New York Times Book Review

“Some picture books make you want to hug them to your chest and not let go until the fullness in your heart subsides.
Small in the City, a work of surpassing poignancy and understanding by Canadian author-illustrator Sydney Smith, is one of them.” — Wall Street Journal

Small in the City is full of faith and compassion, and gorgeous to look at, as well.” — Washington Post

“Young readers will feel their hearts constrict, as they all know what it's like to confront a towering, intimidating world. . . . Extraordinary, emotional, and beautifully rendered.” —
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The ink, watercolor, gouache pictures have a unique, sometimes startling look as they divide into strips or fill the pages. They capture both the city's pace and its stark beauty, even on a raw winter's day. Smith's art has been award winning, but here he becomes author as well as illustrator. He does both titles proud in this stirring piece.” —
Booklist, starred review

“The use of line, reflection, and perspective masterfully evoke a bustling gray city, making this thoughtful book an artful choice.” —
School Library Journal, starred review

Small in the City is an unusual, useful parable, offering hope and reassurance for any young reader in the midst of a worrisome or frightening situation, whether it's a missing pet or something else ― or simply life itself.” — BookPage, starred review

“The atmosphere will draw listeners in immediately . . . and many youngsters will appreciate the recognition of how sensorily overwhelming a cityscape can be and the tips for finding smaller pools of quiet and respite.” — T
he Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"Smith's understated portrait of longing for the return of a beloved family member takes readers on a quiet but powerful emotional journey . . . The story's spotlight is not on the loss of the pet, or on its return, but on the state of suspension in between — a mixture of grief, resignation, and patient waiting — and the independent child narrator’s loving regard for the animal as an autonomous being.” —
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[T]he images do most of the talking. They range from modest vignettes of city life — a portion of wire fencing, a swatch of building — to showstoppers including a fractured illustration of the downcast boy's funhouse-like reflection in a mirrored-glass skyscraper. . . [H]eartrending.” —
Shelf Awareness, starred review

“A brilliant narrative twist reveals itself at the end of this tender picture book . . . Extraordinary, emotional, and beautifully rendered.” —
Kirkus, starred review

Praise for Town Is by the Sea, written by Joanne Schwartz:

Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
Winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award
New York Times / New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books

“This is a moving story, and a fine example of text and pictures in perfect harmony.” —
Horn Book, starred review

“Art and text meld for a powerful glimpse at a way of life that begs inspection. A thoughtful and haunting book that will stay with readers.” —
School Library Journal, starred review

“A quiet book that will stay with readers long after they have closed it.” —
Kirkus, starred review

“Hauntingly beautiful.” —
Booklist, starred review

“Sydney Smith’s gorgeous, airy illustrations showcase the beauty of childhood in the seaside town.” —
Quill & Quire, starred review

Praise for Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith:

Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustrated Books
New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books

“An emotionally moving, visually delightful ode to the simple powers of observation and empathy. . . . A book to savor slowly and then revisit again and again.” —
School Library Journal, starred review

“A reminder that what looks like play can sometimes be a sacrament.” —
Publishers Weekly, starred review

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07SFZYKD1
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Groundwood Books (Sept. 1 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 28038 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Sydney Smith is an illustrator of picture books whose work includes Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson; The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart; and Town Is By the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, which was awarded the 2018 Kate Greenaway Medal and the 2018 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. His accolades include two Governor General’s Awards for Illustrated Children’s Books and four successive New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year citations. Small in the City, the first book he has written and illustrated, has also received an Ezra Jack Keats Award for Writing.

I Talk Like a River written by Jordan Scott and illustrated by Sydney Smith was released September, 2020.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning piece of work
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