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Our Corner Grocery Store Hardcover – April 14, 2009
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Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 3—This sweet story takes readers through young Anna Maria's Saturday as she helps her grandparents in their neighborhood store. The day is special for its simplicity; the book is special for its rich evocation of the delights of a little Italian market and the loving relationships between a girl and her grandparents. Beingessner's folksy illustrations and Schwartz's easy text fit well together and are filled with details. The fresh fruits and vegetables are lined up on wooden racks in front of the store, Nonno hand prints small signs to display among the produce, and fresh bread is delivered from a bakery in blue-and-white striped bags that Anna Maria sorts on the shelves. Nonna prepares a dinner of stuffed mushrooms in her kitchen behind the shop, and the girl and her friend draw on the sidewalks with chalk and share frozen treats from the store after dinner. The compelling visual and verbal descriptions make readers feel a part of the activities, as though they are living out one of those idyllic Saturdays. Reading this book is as appealing as spending a day in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood—both provide a gentle and welcome escape. Share this story during storytime and encourage children to talk about other places or memories that make them feel happy.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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About the Author
Joanne Schwartz was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from York University and she has a Master’s degree in Library Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. Joanne is a children’s librarian with the Toronto Public Library, and she is a reviewer for the Canadian Children’s Book News. She enjoys art history, dancing, mountain walking, and reading picture books. Joanne has two daughters and lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Laura Beingessner has loved to draw and paint ever since she was a little girl. She is the illustrator of three books for children, including the award-winning If the Shoe Fits, a New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing pick. She lives in Toronto with her husband and son.
Top customer reviews
The little corner store always has something new to look at before the deliveries start. When the breads start to arrive, she sorts them on the shelves. Nonna Rosa loves a slice of cornbread with her coffee so Anna Maria brings her one. In a quiet moment she and her friend Charlie make lots of squiggles and drawings on the sidewalk between the story and his house. At noon Nonno Domenico is busy, busy, busy making sandwiches. Someone wanted Provolone while another wanted Portadella and Havarti. Later children come to buy candy and Nonna Rosa gives her a wink and she knew she could "pick something too." Working in a store on a Saturday is great fun. There are many special things to do during the day, all day!
Children often have "jobs" helping out other family members and these are very special times for them. Like Anna Maria they feel they are contributing and have a lot of fun in the process. Her day is one you will enjoy sharing with your child or reading aloud during circle time. There is a very interesting recipe for stuffed mushrooms incorporated into the text that as Nonno Domenico says, is "Mmm. Delizioso!" The art work is charming and meshes very well with the story. This is a lovely little family-oriented book that many children and adults can both relate to!