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Small in the City

A picture book by Sydney Smith.

Sydney Smith

On a snowy day in a big city, a little boy hops off a streetcar and walks through downtown, between office buildings, through parks and down busy streets. Along the way, he provides helpful tips about which alleys make good shortcuts, which trees to climb and where to find a friendly face. All the while, the boy searches for what he has lost…

The first book that award-winning illustrator Sydney Smith has written tells a story of what it means to get lost in the city, travel the wrong path and get caught in bad weather — and to ultimately find your way back home. His beautiful watercolour illustrations alternate between full spreads and small panels, evoking the sometimes overwhelming cacophony of urban sights and sounds, as well as the quiet moments that make all of us feel less small in the city. (From Groundwood Books)

Sydney Smith is a Halifax-based illustrator. His other books include Town is by the Seawritten by Joanne Schwartz, and Sidewalk Flowers, written by JonArno Lawson. Town is by the Sea won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award in 2017.

Small in the City won the Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature, illustration.

Other books by Sydney Smith

Interviews with Sydney Smith

Canada has always punched above its weight in the world of children's books, but we seem to be in a golden age right now, with Canadian illustrators winning international awards, hitting bestseller lists and changing tastes. 24:04

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