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Groundwood Books

Small in the City

Illustrated by Sydney Smith

For students in grades K - 2 | Published September 01, 2019 | ISBN 9781773061986
JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / City & Town Life

Cover of Small in the City

Regular price $19.95 CAD

40 pages | 11 in × 7.25 in
Print Format

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 in rural Nova Scotia and has been drawing from an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated numerous children’s books, including the highly acclaimed wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers, conceived by Jon Arno Lawson, which won a Governor General’s Award, among many other honours, and was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book. He is also the illustrator of Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz, for which he was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal, and which won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Prize. Small in the City is the first picture book that Sydney has written as well as illustrated. He lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son.

Awards and Praise

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

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