Parents' Guide to

Last Stop on Market Street

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Tender story of Nana showing grandson city beauty via bus.

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Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 4+

Lovely Cultural Insight

This is a wonderful book that lets you peek in to inner city culture. I am so surprised about the reviews upset of the language because it's absolutely spot on for cultural reference of inner city black culture- which is in large part why we read/should be reading culturally diverse books! That aside it's a wonderful story of a normal Sunday out in which a grandmother shows her grandson there is so much more to the world than what you can buy with money if you would just open your eyes to it and no matter what you haven't got you can still give of yourself and make the world a better place. We love this storybook and it's illustrations.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 3+

My 2nd grader's "mentor text" at school for slice of life story

Powerful, simple, from the point of view of a common grandson/grandmother family, with such a strong role model in the grandmother in resiliency. Validates poorer children as lives worth writing about, opens minds of richer children.

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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (1):

LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET is a crosstown bus trip we all should take. Author Matt de la Pena's words carry the story smoothly and poetically along, with just enough varied examples to engender thoughtful engagement.

Exceptional artwork by award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson fills out the story and adds energy and a whole other dimension to the social importance of the book. Together, words and artwork convey the book's important lessons much like Nana teaches CJ: quietly, and tenderly. By the time the grandmother and her grandson arrive at the soup kitchen, the boy realizes how glad he is that they came. Readers will feel much the same way once they've read this book.

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