Book review: Yard sale; 4 out of 5 stars #bookaday

Yard sale book coverby Eve Bunting; illustrated by Lauren Castillo
Picture book
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 1.4
4 out of 5 stars

This isn’t a feel-good picture book about moving to a new house. Eve Bunting has tackled the issue of a family having to move from their house to an apartment because of financial difficulties. The overall message of the story is that possessions aren’t what matter in life, it is the people who are important.

The reader must experience many pretty depressing scenes to arrive at the positive message:
*saying goodbye to a best friend
*watching her bike get sold because she won’t have anywhere to ride
*feeling guilty because she marked on her headboard and they won’t get as much money for it now

The most disturbing part of the book comes when a lady jokingly asks the young girl if she’s for sale too. For a child who is already struggling to understand why her family is moving, and is struggling with strangers taking her stuff away, this question really causes her to panic.

While I believe this is a very timely topic and this book should definitely be included in every library collection, I also would hope that young children read this book with an adult who can help them navigate some very emotional situations. This book is not for all children.

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