A shelter in our car (#0802QQ1)

by Gunning, Monica; illustrated by Pedlar, Elaine

7 reviews & awards | 5 full-text reviews

Paperback Children's Book Press, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, Inc., 2004
Price: USD 11.43
Description: 31 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Dewey: -E-; Audience: Lower Elementary; Reading Level: 3.7
AR 3.2 LG .5 78531EN; RC 3.2 2; LEX AD560L; F&P Q
From the publisher: Grades Pre-K/K-2; Ages 5-8
From Booklist: Grades K-3; PW: Ages 6-up; SLJ: K-Gr 3


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From Follett

Since she left Jamaica for America after her father died, Zettie lives in a car with her mother while they both go to school and plan for a real home.

From the Publisher
Zettie and her Mama left their warm and comfortable home in Jamaica for an uncertain life in the United Sates. With Papa gone, Mama can't find a steady job that will sustain them and so they are forced to live in their car. But Mama's unwavering love, support, and gutsy determination give Zettie the confidence that, together, she and her mother can meet all challenges.Monica Gunning's moving and authentic story about homelessness in an American city was developed with the help of the Homeless Children's Network in San Francisco. Elaine Pedlar's strong and lively illustrations bring the story to life in vibrant chalk pastel.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Children's Book Press, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, Inc.
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2014
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 31 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
  • Tracings: Pedlar, Elaine, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-89239-308-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-89239-308-4
  • Follett Number: 0802QQ1
  • Reading Level: 3.7
  • Audience: Lower Elementary
  • Grades: Pre-K/K-2
  • Ages: 5-8
  • Booklist: Grades K-3
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 6-up
  • School Library Journal: K-Gr 3
  • ATOS Book Level: 3.2
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 78531EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 3.2
  • Reading Counts Points: 2
  • Lexile: AD560L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: Q

Reviews & Awards
  • Book Links, 03/01/04
  • Booklist, 04/01/04
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 04/01/04
  • Horn Book Magazine, 10/01/04
  • Multicultural Review, 10/01/04
  • Publishers Weekly, 02/23/04
  • School Library Journal, 05/01/04

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (April 1, 2004 (Vol. 100, No. 15))
K-Gr. 3. The kids at school call her Junk Car Zettie. After Papa died in Jamaica, Zettie and Mama came to America, where they now live in the city in the backseat of their car, while Mama tries to go to school and also earn money to pay rent for a room. This picture-book brings close the harsh realities of being homeless, scavenging for food, washing in the park rest room, being harassed by police. The illustrations are in an intensely emotional modernist style with exaggerated facial expressions and body language. The strong, black-outlined figures are scary at times, but then so is the nightmarish reality of being without shelter. At the end of the book, Gunning asks kids to get involved in helping the homeless, and many children will want to talk about the idea with adults close to them.

Taken from the Hardcover.

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