Yard Sale

It’s hard to let go of things—but what counts more is having each other.

By Eve Bunting Illustrated by Lauren Castillo Read by Susie Berneis Children’s Fiction / Family Life / Social Issues English 9m Sell Sheet
Format Release Date List Price Your Price ISBN
1 Video DVD April 18, 2017 $38.99 $38.99 9781520071022 Add to Cart
									Callie's family can't stay in their house, so they're moving to an apartment in the city. The new place is "small but nice," Mom says, and most of their things won't fit. So, today, almost everything Callie's family owns is spread out in their front yard-their furniture, their potted flowers, even Callie's bike. And it's kind of hard to watch people buy your stuff, even if you understand why it has to happen. With sensitivity and grace, Eve Bunting and Lauren Castillo portray an event that is at once both familiar and difficult, making clear that home isn't about what you have but rather whom you hold close.

"While the topic is an extremely tough one, Bunting tackles it with her usual grace and poise. The clear and concise writing is a wonderful choice for the subject matter...A vital purchase for collections everywhere." - School Library Journal, Starred Review

"Callie's first-person observations reveal her distress, while poignant watercolor-and-ink illustrations reinforce her emotions through deft use of white space, color washes and strong outlines that capture postures and facial expressions. Images of forlorn Callie surrounded by a yard full of possessions, sad Callie hugging Sara, distraught Callie grabbing her bike and Callie's parents comforting her visually tug the heart. A simple, moving tale of a family in transition." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Castillo's (Nana in the City) gentle scenes soften the family's sadness...Bunting captures the way loss can take a family's possessions while leaving their love for each other intact." - Publishers Weekly

"...a quietly domestic, visually accessible style that offers a feeling of stability, which helps cushion the sadder implications of the story. It’s useful to have a story where moving may be no adventure for anybody in the family, but where things will still be okay." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"...animation...capture[s] the innocence and emotion of the text, warmly narrated by Susie Berneis." - Booklist

"A straightforward, heartfelt story." - Horn Book

"A quietly wrenching yet ultimately comforting story of a family adjusting to straitened circumstances." - The Wall Street Journal