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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Family Book Review - Zoe's Sidewalk

I've been a little bit behind on sharing great books with you! This post is about a book written by a Louisville local author. It is Zoe's Sidewalk written by Tiffany Robinson, illustrated by Yoko Matsuoka.

Young Zoe's grandmother has had to be hospitalized for a little while, and of course as all children would be, Zoe is worried about her. Her parents assure her she will be fine, but when she comes home she will need help and therapy to continue to improve. After she arrives home, Zoe finds that Gram's spirits are just as they always were, and she is relieved to have her back home safe and close to her. She wants to help with Gram's therapy, and wants to start taking evening walks with her grandmother to help keep her company while she exercises. Her mother warns her that the streets are not safe for children and for her recovering grandmother to be out walking, as they have no sidewalks in their neighborhood.

Zoe's school asks for students to participate in a project to help their neighborhoods, and Zoe sees this as a great opportunity to help her Gram and fix the problem they have in their community. The story is a chapter book set to teach a lesson about determination toward achieving what you set yourself to do. It's a great story as well as a teaching tool for children reading the book.

The story is simply written but with a powerful message pushing the reader through each chapter. It's a great intermediate reader chapter book, probably suited best for reading levels 3rd grade+. I recommend this book to elementary students and because it is a local author, that makes it all the better. I also appreciate the African American characters, the family-oriented togetherness, and the kindness, love, and respect the characters have for one another throughout the story.

In the next few weeks, we hope to have a contest to give away two of our recent locally authored books, so be on the look out for that announcement!

You can follow the author of Zoe's Sidewalk on Facebook, Twitter @zoessidewalk, or Instagram: clickzoe; check out her website at www.zoessidewalk.com. She loves to chat with other aspiring authors, especially kids!

By guest contributor: Erin

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