Small in the City

Small in the City

It can be a little scary to be small in a big city, but this child has some good advice for a very special friend in need.

When you're small in the city, people don't see you, and loud sounds can scare you, and knowing what to do is sometimes hard. But this little kid knows what it's like, and knows the neighborhood. That makes for some pretty good advice for an even smaller friend.

Like, alleys can be good shortcuts, but some are too dark.

Or, there are lots of good hiding places in the city, like under a mulberry bush or up a walnut tree.

And, if the city is too loud and scary, a small one can always just go back home, where it's safe and quiet.

In his first author-illustrated picture book, Sydney Smith tells a contemplative, quiet story from the perspective of a child.

Title:Small in the City
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780823442614
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    Small in the City Reviews

  • David Schaafsma

    I had only thus far read Sidewalk Flowers, illustrated by Sydney Smith, which I loved for the artwork, so I was eager to see the first picture book he has both written and illustrated. The art is stun...

  • Betsy

    It doesn’t come up all that often that I have to review a picture book without giving away too much. Picture books are short by nature, and while they often contain twist endings, there are relative...

  • Hilary

    4.5 stars. This is a lovely and unique story and one best read knowing nothing about. The story shows a little girl walking through the city, many pages are without text but the ones that have words d...

  • Lata

    Absolutely beautiful. As soon as I saw the city scenes. I immediately thought we were in a Canadian city, and only found out after I finished the book that the author is a Canadian.I loved the illustr...

  • Skip

    This one was not for me. I found it kind of depressing as a young boy wanders around a big city searching for his missing cat. The ambiguous ending, which leaves readers wondering about the cat's retu...

  • Jodi Meadows

    I cried?I cried....

  • Madison Warner Fairbanks

    Very few words. Lots of artwork around a big city environment.A bit sad....

  • Sara

    A young girl journeys through a vast, snowy, sometimes scary city while her mother waits at home. But what seems at first to be the gentle confidence of a loving mother assuring her child that she can...

  • KC

    Stunningly illustrated story about a small child getting around a big city. ...

  • Shari

    Beautiful, touching story of a child giving advice on coping with being "small in the city." A bit of a surprise ending. Children will enjoy guessing who the advice is for and which clues informed the...