Review: Last Stop on Market Street

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Last Stop on Market Street

Author: Matt de la Peña

Illustrator: Christian Robinson

Published in 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Last Stop on Market Street is an authentic story that teaches appreciation for the seemingly insignificant things in life. Every Sunday morning after church, CJ and his nana wait for the bus. When CJ watches his friend Colby climb into his car to ride home, CJ asks Nana why they don’t own a car. When the bus arrives at the last stop on Market Street, CJ asks why they have to be in the dirty, run-down part of the city. To each of his honest questions, Nana patiently offers an optimistic response. By the time CJ and Nana reach their final destination, a soup kitchen, CJ has developed an appreciation for the things in his life that he was originally unhappy about. This remarkable book illustrates urbanism and diversity in race, class, and socioeconomic status while sharing a powerful message about gratitude.

*Newberry Medal Award

*Caldecott Honor Award

Additional Resources:

Interview with author Matt de la Peña and illustrator Christian Robinson:

http://www.npr.org/2015/02/06/383856887/on-board-a-city-bus-a-little-boy-finds-the-route-to-gratitude

Last Stop on Market Street from author Matt de la Peña website:

http://mattdelapena.com/books/last-stop-on-market-street/

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