Groundwood Books

Small in the City

Illustrated by Sydney Smith

For students in grades K - 2 | Published September 01, 2019 | ISBN 9781773061993
JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / City & Town Life

Cover of Small in the City

Regular price $16.95 CAD

40 pages
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book

Small in the City

Sydney Smith

On a snowy day in a big city, a little boy hops off a streetcar and walks through downtown, between office buildings, through parks and down busy streets. Along the way, he provides helpful tips about which alleys make good shortcuts, which trees to climb and where to find a friendly face. All the while, the boy searches for what he has lost …

The first book that award-winning illustrator Sydney Smith has written tells a story of what it means to get lost in the city, travel the wrong path and get caught in bad weather — and to ultimately find your way back home. His beautiful watercolour illustrations alternate between full spreads and small panels, evoking the sometimes overwhelming cacophony of urban sights and sounds, as well as the quiet moments that make all of us feel less small in the city.

About the Author

Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith was born and educated in Nova Scotia, Canada. He graduated from NSCAD University and has since illustrated children’s books for multiple authors and received awards for his illustrations, including the Lillian Shepard Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. Sydney lives and works in Toronto.

Awards and Praise
  • Winner Governor General’s Literary Award in Young People's Literature, 2019
  • Short-listed Sheila Barry Best Canadian Picture Book of the Year, 2020
  • Commended Globe 100 List, 2019
  • Short-listed Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, 2020
  • Winner Ezra Jack Keats Award, 2020
  • Winner Atlantic Book Award — Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration, 2020