Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Matt de la Pena
Illustrator: Christian Robinson
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
CJ asks his grandmother a series of ‘why’ questions about why their life is the way it is. Nana answers CJ by pointing out all the beautiful, wonderful things CJ has that he takes for granted, but doesn’t phrase them as usual answers. Instead, Nana answers CJ’s questions with her own questions so that CJ will take possession of what he is feeling inside. Ultimately, CJ and Nana’s final destination is the soup kitchen where they volunteer every week. They then go inside, where CJ is finally happy to be where he is in life.
Last Stop on Market Street is a beautiful book that is in an urban setting. The author effortlessly makes the words flow off the page like poetry, providing the reader with a mental picture of what CJ is feeling. This book is very reflective and will help readers reflect on their own lives. This is a great book that gives the reader a new perspective of somebody else’s life, and focuses on themes of gratitude for the things you may take for granted most of the time.