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Last Stop on Market Street

Robinson, Christian (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2015. 32 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9780399257742 (hardcover)
9780698173330 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, point of view, setting

Awards

E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book – 2015
Cybil Award – Finalist – 2015
Newbery Medal – 2016
Caldecott Honor Book – 2016
Coretta Scott King Honor Book – 2016

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his nana ride the bus across town to Market Street, where they spend time in an unconventional place—a soup kitchen. On this particular day, the spirited little boy is grumpy.

The reader navigates through the city along with Nana and CJ and experiences the sights, smells and unique personalities within their community. Bright colours are used in the stylized retro illustrations which depict a rich multi-cultural tapestry of diversity, featuring people of various ages, ethnicities and abilities.

On their journey, CJ peppers his grandmother with questions. Nana’s creative responses offer a fresh perspective that opens the boy’s eyes to the beauty of the simple things in his daily life: nature, music and the people he comes in contact with. “Sometimes when you’re surrounded by dirt, CJ, you’re a better witness for what’s beautiful.”

The vibrant illustrations and vivid text harmoniously communicate that you don’t need material things to see the splendour right in front of you. The third person narration uses eloquent figurative language and imagery to bring CJ’s realizations to life for the reader: “And in the darkness, the rhythm lifted CJ out of the bus, out of the busy city. He saw sunset colors swirling over crashing waves.”

By the end of their journey together, CJ is able to look beyond himself and consider the needs of those around him. “When he spotted their familiar faces in the window, he said, ‘I’m glad we came.’”

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    What do you notice about the front and back covers? Share your experiences of using public transportation.

  •  Do a picture walk. Notice the use of colour in the illustrations. How would you describe the mood of the pictures?
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    As you read, list the things CJ thinks are negative and the positive outlook his Nana shares with him.

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    Draw and write about something in your own life that you might think is negative, but also has beauty and goodness in it. Compile a class anthology of examples.

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    Look at the title and back page. Do you ever take a city bus? Where do you go? Who do you notice on the bus? How should people behave when taking public transportation? Discuss where CJ and his Nana are going.

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    As a group, list the characters and identify whether they have a positive outlook. Who faces challenges? Discuss how the pictures enrich the text and help you get a better understanding of the story.

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    Map out the positive actions or acts of kindness mentioned. How might these actions influence the life of the recipients?

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    Identify a thankfulness/kindness week. List beautiful things or actions you observe around you. Acknowledge these through a kind word or thank you note, or by keeping track of them in a notebook.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To cooperate with others
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Drama
  • Physical Education and Health
  • Visual Arts