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Groundwood Books

Our Corner Store

Written by Robert Heidbreder • Illustrated by Chelsea O'Byrne

For kids 6 - 9 years old | Published April 01, 2020 | ISBN 9781773062167

Cover of Our Corner Store

Regular price $16.95 CAD

64 pages | 8.5 in × 5.5 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Our Corner Store

Robert Heidbreder • Chelsea O'Byrne

This delightful novel in verse follows the adventures of a brother and sister around the neighborhood, and especially at the corner grocery store!

Race you to our corner grocery store!

Stanstones’ corner store is the heart of the neighborhood for the brother and sister in this story. They help to close the store every Saturday and save their pennies to buy candy. The store is the source of many adventures, where they spend a memorably spooky Halloween, play tricks on Mr. and Mrs. Stanstones, and form a search party to find Toby the store cat when he goes missing. What will happen to their beloved corner store when a brand-new supermarket opens up in town?

Full of humor and playful language, this novel in verse is a sweetly nostalgic celebration of a time when children had more freedom and a mom-and-pop corner store might be the center of a kid’s world. Based on Robert Heidbreder’s childhood, this follow-up to Rooster Summer can be read as a sequel or a stand-alone story. Chelsea O’Byrne’s vibrant illustrations bring the corner store and its colorful cast of characters to life.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

About the Creators

Robert Heidbreder

Robert Heidbreder is an award-winning children’s poet and author. His many books include I Wished for a Unicorn, Drumheller Dinosaur Dance, Song for a Summer Night and Rooster Summer. Robert spent thirty years as a primary school teacher and has won the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and continues to do many school and festival presentations.

Chelsea O'Byrne

Chelsea O’Byrne is a freelance illustrator and art instructor based in Vancouver, BC. She graduated from Emily Carr University with a BFA in illustration. She has also illustrated Hello, Crow! written by Candace Savage, and Marisa and the Mountains, written by George M. Johnson.

Awards and Praise

Praise for author Robert Heidbreder and illustrator Chelsea O’Byrne for Our Corner Store:

“A free-spirited, warmly nostalgic vision.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A whimsical novel in verse for older elementary and younger middle school collections.” — School Library Journal

“Today’s readers of Our Corner Store may find themselves envying and wishing for the freedom that their parents and grandparents enjoyed during these earlier times. …Highly Recommended.” — Canadian Review of Materials

“It will bring back memories of pre-shopping-mall days for many adults, while its poems will appeal to young readers ages six to nine.” — Winnipeg Free Press

Praise for author Robert Heidbreder and illustrator Madeline Kloepper for Rooster Summer:

“[T]houghtful readers will respond to the wordplay as well as to the characterization of both humans and animals … Charming.”— Kirkus Reviews

“The book has broad appeal, and children of all ages will find the poems easy to understand and will most definitely enjoy the rhythmic play on words. … Highly Recommended.” — Canadian Review of Materials

“Rooster Summer is a gentle book of language-forward poems about the sweetness of distant summers.” — Resource Links


Praise for author Robert Heidbreder and illustrator Qin Leng for A Song for a Summer Night:

“A sweet evocation of the pleasures of nighttime.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A stunning children’s picture book, infused with a subtle déjà vu that invites the reader on a magical journey of remembrance. … a glorious feast for the senses of sight, sound, and feeling.” — CM Magazine

“Equally effective as a quiet bedtime story or as an entertaining group read-aloud, this is a creative and lovely addition to the lullaby canon.” — Booklist

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