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When a family has to leave their house and move to a small apartment, it’s hard to let go of things—but having one another is what counts.Almost everything Callie’s family owns is spread out in their front yard—their furniture, their potted flowers, even Callie’s bike. They can’t stay in this house, so they’re moving to an apartment in the city. The new place is "small butWhen a family has to leave their house and move to a small apartment, it’s hard to let go of things—but having one another is what counts.Almost everything Callie’s family owns is spread out in their front yard—their furniture, their potted flowers, even Callie’s bike. They can’t stay in this house, so they’re moving to an apartment in the city. The new place is "small but nice," Mom says, and most of their things won’t fit, so today they are having a yard sale. But it’s kind of hard to watch people buy your stuff, even if you understand why it has to happen. With sensitivity and grace, Eve Bunting and Lauren Castillo portray an event at once familiar and difficult, making clear that a home isn’t about what you have, but whom you hold close....

Title : Yard Sale
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ISBN : 9780763665425
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Yard Sale Reviews

  • Lisa
    2019-01-22 23:18

    YIKES! This was flipping awful! Yes the art was lovely, but my goodness, what a downer! As far as I can tell, it's about a family who is foreclosing on their home and forcing their child to sell pretty much all of her things for about 50 cents at the world's most depressing yard sale on record, including HER BIKE!!!! which she does NOT want to sell. This poor child watches helplessly as her lame parents practically give HER BIKE away for next to nothing. They say there isn't anywhere for her to ride it at their new apartment. Hey Pops, how about throwing the bike in the trunk and taking the kid to a park then? Geesh! This is not a kids' book. It's a book for parents about how NOT to move their child to a new place. Just for starters, do not sell their bike. Be good parents and find a place for your kid to ride that bike and enjoy nature and exercise. What a lame book. Oh, and be sure not to miss the creepiest yard sale granny in history towards the end of the story. Two thumbs WAY down for this one. Just atrocious.

  • paula
    2019-02-11 18:30

    And there you go. I often find Eve Bunting's issue-oriented books to be kind of lugubriously heavy-handed. I mean, we just HAD riots in Baltimore, and STILL I find Smoky Night needlessly alarming. STILL I would not recommend it to a parent. One Green Apple, in which a recent immigrant to America learns that she can blend in on a school trip to a cider mill, boasts an unusually violent metaphor for assimilation - a CIDER PRESS.I assumed Yard Sale was a book about a yard sale - right up until a friendly yard sale customer buys little Callie's bike and puts it in her truck. "Oh Callie!" says dad. "We told you, sweetie. We have no place to keep it. And there's no sidewalk outside. Just a street with lots of traffic."Oh my god they're going to go live on a traffic median. After their adorable single family detached home with the slate roof and the round gable window has been foreclosed upon!Listen, man. I have had friends who lost their houses while their children were little, and there was no need to menace the kid's bicycle as part of the conversation.Full review on

  • Amanda
    2019-02-07 21:10

    Yikes. While I understand that this is an idea that is relevant now, I now feel TOTALLY depressed after reading it (despite the positive words on the last page). Poor frightened little girl character who acts in an unrealistically adult fashion at the end. Poor adult characters who don't engage in a meaningful way to address the situation. Poor creepy woman at yard sale who was just being funny and ended up being a creeper instead.Just poor, pitiful, DEPRESSING book. Let me go curl up in a ball now and cry.

  • Kandice
    2019-02-18 00:06

    I don't even know what to make of Yard Sale; who was the audience for which it was intended? I can't imagine reading it to a young child who might freak out over the possibility of losing their home and precious bike (for $5!?!?!?! Seriously parents! Find room for the darn bike!).Apparently, the message behind this story is that people are more precious than possessions. That's true and that's great! But the message I'm taking away from it is "keep your kid in the dark about major life changes because they, eventually, will roll with the punches". Perhaps that is true for some, but not for all. You know those episodes of Hoarders wherein Dr. Zasio, Mark Pfeffer, et al. try to pinpoint why the Hoarder is hoarding? The majority of the time these behaviours stem from some form of loss. Whether that be the loss of a loved one, an empty nest, or some childhood event in which some evil parent/caregiver takes something(s) of value away from a child. I wonder if there will be a sequel, Yard Sale: My Addiction and Recovery of Yard Sale Hoarding (Yard Sale #2) By: Eve Bunting

  • Carrie Gelson
    2019-01-26 22:07

    When I first heard about this book, I was so very excited. So many of my all time favourite picture books have been written by Eve Bunting. So many of the books I have loved lately have been illustrated by Lauren Castillo. A book with their combined talents? What could be better? Well, that is a loaded question. Certainly not much could be better. But, I should have anticipated that this amazing talent combined would also mean a whole lot of emotion captured in a picture book experience. Eve Bunting tells such important and raw stories. Lauren Castillo's illustrations have a charming, nostalgic, open feel. This book slowly, gently, beautifully delivers. It managed to knock me over by the time I reached the back cover. Full of love, connection and a child's need for security, this is a beautiful, important book.

  • Linda
    2019-02-07 22:13

    Little Callie’s family is having a yard sale. They’re moving to a smaller place, an apartment, and need to get rid of quite a few things. The underlying message is that they’ve lost their home. There’s a little bit of money talk between Callie and her next-door neighbor friend. Neither really understand, but stay helpless as they watch the belongings sold, including Callie’s bicycle. Lauren Castillo’s helps tell the story with her wonderful kid-friendly illustrations, simple and colorful. At the end, the real lesson comes through. The belongings don’t matter, and what does is that “they” are together. This will be a sweet book to share and discuss that will touch some children’s lives who are moving, and need to say goodbye to some beloved things.

  • Tasha
    2019-02-06 23:13

    Callie's family is moving from their house into a small apartment, so they are having a yard sale. It's a bright sunny day but Callie is filled with mixed feelings as she sees all of the parts of their lives out in the front yard for sale. Callie has visited their new apartment and seen where she will sleep. It's even a cool bed that pulls out of the wall. But she is going to miss her friends in the neighborhood and doesn't really understand why they have to move except that it has to do with money. When Callie sees her red bicycle being purchased by someone she gets upset and then when a friendly woman asks if Callie herself is for sale, Callie gets alarmed. In the end after the sale in their almost-empty house, Callie and her family look forward to a fresh start together as a family.Bunting beautifully and sensitively captures the mixed feelings of moving and the additional burden of being forced to downsize due to financial reasons. She shows from Callie's point of view how upsetting it can be. At the same time, she shows supportive parents who work with Callie to discuss her feelings and validate her emotions. The yard sale is a strong image to have at the heart of the book, demonstrating the loss of so many items of property but at the same time strengthening the image of the family who is left strong and resilient.Castillo has created a neighborhood of friendly people, bright balloons and lots of sunshine that works very nicely here. The deep feelings expressed by the protagonist play against the dazzling day and the contrast makes the emotions all the more real. The three members of the family are clearly a unit from their similar dark hair to the color palette that holds them together as well. It is subtly done, but very effective.A powerful book about children caught in the impact of the economic downturn, this book is not bleak but rather filled with hope for the future. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

  • Kristine Hansen
    2019-01-26 17:22

    How do you explain to children that you need to move because you can't afford to stay where you are? Well, maybe you don't give the kids the details, but they overhear and become frightened easily in this kind of situation. Maybe this book can be a bit reassuring - especially over things like downsizing, changing location, and where they fit into all of this.This book gave me a lump in my throat as I read it. The emotions of the situation were explored gently and without oversharing in a way that would distress children. Yet, at the same time gave enough so that a child could identify with the main character and maybe find reassurance about their place in their own family. I hate that books like this are necessary but am glad that they exist for the families that need them. Eve Bunting handles difficult situations with grace, and remains one of my favorite children's authors simply because of titles of this nature.

  • Kendra
    2019-02-02 18:05

    What is it about Eve Bunting? Not only is she one of a very few children's book authors to cover hard (and SO IMPORTANT) subjects, but she does it without being emotionally manipulative, or trite, or corny. She just tells it like it is. And it's so, so heartbreaking. And so, so beautiful. I'm very glad for her.This book made me cry at work.Coworker: What did you expect? You KNEW it was an Eve Bunting.Me: I f-forgot she was s-so goooood. Coworker: You've brought this on yourself. I'm only going to read it tonight, after everyone else has gone home.

  • Kendra
    2019-01-19 21:09

    I know it's only February but this might be the best picture book of the year. It will be very hard to bea. The story addresses an issue many children experience with detailing the cause of the situation, thereby making it applicable to and accessible for a larger audience. Just love this book so much I could cry. Oh wait, already did.

  • Michael Fitzgerald
    2019-02-18 00:25

    I look forward to sequels such as "Callie Goes to the Pawn Shop" and "Callie Meets the Repo Man" and later, as things get more desperate, "My Dad Sells His Plasma at the Blood Bank". Yard sales happen all the time everywhere. Should we be teaching kids that this is what they are about?

  • Sarah
    2019-01-27 16:31

    Fairly accurate depiction of the reality of a family falling upon hard times. Quite sad but may prove helpful for a child in a similar situation.

  • Emily Scheinman
    2019-02-08 22:30

    Nana makes a cameo in this collaboration between Eve Bunting and Lauren Castillo that explores a young girl's feelings as her parents hold a yard sale in anticipation of a move.

  • Mary Lee
    2019-02-15 16:15

    Eve Bunting gets hard topics right.I think we could do lots of good inferring work with this book -- plenty is NOT said, but needs to be understood to get to the true depth of this book.

  • Liza Nahas
    2019-01-23 18:34

    Kinda sad, but, unfortunately there will be kids who will relate to this. Sweet ending.

  • Jennifer Honahnie
    2019-02-17 22:28

    Callie, not quite aware of the circumstances of her move, has to say goodbye to some of her belongings. Her parents are having a yard sale, and as people cover the lawn buying the items that one filled her family's home, she is feeling overwhelmed and sad. The new apartment in the city is not big enough to hold all of their things including Callie's bike. As she sees her bed being carried away she is reminded of the memories that those items hold, not only is she saying goodbye to her possessions she is also leaving her friend Sara behind. Callie observes her parents gloominess as her dad comforts her mom and they both comfort her. As the yard sale ends the house is empty, Callie's parents remind her that the most important thing is” who you have not what you have that counts”.The story is written from a child’s perspective. Callie is not fully aware of why her family has to move, she only knows that it has to do something with money. In beginning the family feels very sad it almost brings tears to the dad's eyes but he says strong for Callie. The illustrations in the book often show Callie alone and her face with a frown, by the end of the book she is happy to have her family and realizes that's all she needs. Yard sales are synonymous with moving, thus the theme for this book which is a great way to explain the situation this family is going through.I have neutral feelings about this book, the way the authors tell Callie's story is incredible. The message is a serious one and could leave a child feeling sad on the other hand a child who has gone through a traumatic move can relate to this book very well. I would have liked to see the parents putting Callie to bed in her new home so that it would end the book on a happier note.

  • Carol Royce Owen
    2019-01-26 23:32

    I teach in a community where there are many transient students. It's not unusual for our school enrollment to fluctuate monthly as students leave and others come in. As we started this school year, our last year's class of 32 2nd graders had grown to 41 and two days later it was 42. That's just one class, there were many more new students in other classes, and many who had moved on. So, as I read Yard Sale by Eve Bunting, I couldn't help but wonder about these children. How much do they have to leave behind every time they are uprooted and have to move to a new home, apartment, or trailer? It made me cry. Yes, this book is a downer (as one reviewer wrote), as Callie stands by and watches her belongings, including her beloved bike sold. And worst of all, she just doesn't understand. She knows it has something to do with money, as she explains to a friend, but that's all she understands. Slowly, though, her parents help her understand that despite the lack of so many physical things, she still has them. OK, yes, that's when I cried more, because with some of our students, they don't even have that. You will need to take the time to discuss this book with students, as it is extremely sensitive. But, I am sure if you do, you will find it will help students who have been in the same boat as Callie. It will help them see that they are not alone.

  • Margie
    2019-02-14 23:28

    It hangs in my front picture window near the entrance to my home. It's a small poster the size of notebook paper. Beneath a large picture of my chocolate Labrador are the words Rescue Me, I'm Xena.While it would be heartbreaking to loose family photographs and artifacts, pieces of furniture which belonged to my parents when they were children, letters and cards from cherished friends, artwork, decades of successful lessons and created games used in my school libraries and thousands of books, nothing is more precious than the being who has shared her fourteen years and seven months of life with me. I remember asking my vet if moving from one home to another would be hard on Xena at this age. He told me as long as Xena had me, wherever we were, she would be fine. This truth about family is beautifully portrayed in words and pictures in Yard Sale (Candlewick Press, April 14, 2015) written by Eve Bunting with illustrations by Caldecott Honor winner (Nana in the City) Lauren Castillo.My full recommendation:

  • Samantha
    2019-01-20 00:17

    A little girl struggles with watching strangers buy most of her family's possessions at a yard sale as she and her parents prepare for a move from their house into an apartment.I like how this story stays firmly in the child's perspective. Readers are given enough information to guess at possible money problems as being the reason behind the move, but you only get kid emotions and kid reasoning from start to finish.Ink and watercolor illustrations do a great job of constructing a complete world in which this family previously lived. The possessions show wear and have back stories. The neighborhood is picturesque and welcoming. The neighbors look friendly. The color choice and soft lines of the artwork build an atmosphere that invites readers to understand just how painful this move is for the family because I'm sure given the choice, they'd gladly stay and live happily ever after.This is a book that will surely help families transition through a difficult moment, but is also so well written and presented that a reader who hasn't had any experience with moving will still enjoy this book immensely.Recommended for PreK-2.

  • Sara Grochowski
    2019-02-03 21:15

    In this collaboration from Eve Bunting and illustrator Lauren Castillo, Callie struggles with the difficult and confusing situation of moving to a new house and leaving home behind. Callie and her parents are having a yard sale in preparation of their move to a smaller apartment. The young narrator doesn't completely understand why her family is moving - she only knows that it has to do with money. As strangers come, asking questions about her belongings and taking them away, Callie's discomfort and sadness grows. And, when a woman (Nana of Nana in the City!) teasingly asks if Callie is for sale, she runs to her parents in alarm, fearful of being left behind too. This book is a great fit for any family going through a move and/or dealing with financial difficulties, but it will also easily resonate with many types of readers, serving as a reminder that home is less about place and more about the people that surround you.

  • Silas
    2019-01-26 21:17

    Summary: This story is about making changes. A family is selling all their belongings before they move into a smaller apartment. It is hard for the main character, a little girl, to adjust. Obviously the parents are going through a lot as well, and emotions are apparent.I would read this book to younger children who are making transitions in their lives. Transitions are very emotional, but manageable. I would then have the kids draw a picture and write emotion words to describe how they felt making that change.Bunting, E., & Castillo, L. (2015). Yard sale. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.

  • Juliana Lee
    2019-02-01 20:24

    This is a wonderful book for an older picture book reader to read independently or to read together with anyone who is moving. Feelings of loss, sadness, anger, and fear are all common when children, and adults, are moving. This book does a great job of validating those feelings Callie and her parents have when it’s time to sell everything they own and move away.

  • Sandy Brehl
    2019-02-16 16:26

    This embodies the very best in clean, simple text combined with clear but expressive illustrations to tell a story simply enough to appeal to any age, any experience, and any point of view. What could have been maudlin or melodramatic is instead sincere and strong with an upbeat outcome. Use this to introduce the reading of Applegate's CRENSHAW.

  • Scott Fillner
    2019-02-03 18:29

    A wonderful book to use to discuss the size of a problem, solutions, and what matters most. I will use this during a morning meeting for sure. It would also be a great book to use for writing with tone and different emotion.

  • Ms Threlkeld
    2019-02-14 22:11

    A poignant and beautifully illustrated story about a girl trying to understand why her family is moving out of the house they love and selling most of their belongings. This book would make a lovely read aloud and would probably spark an important discussion amongst students.

  • Carrie Charley Brown
    2019-01-21 19:25

    I love the emotion running through this book. The first person perspective of the little girl makes moving away very real and relatable for kids. And as always, I love the tenderness that compliments Lauren Castillo's artwork.

  • Sarah Levy
    2019-02-15 21:32

    Beautiful illustrations and a story that will tug at your emotions. How many students will see themselves in parts of this book?

  • Karen
    2019-02-09 20:18

    Very sweet. Learning to let go of things and realizing that family being together is what's important.

  • Claire
    2019-02-12 22:33

    Loved the illustrations by Lauren Castillo! But the story is told in first person--and it doesn't sound like it's coming from a little girl at all.

  • Jasmine
    2019-02-09 18:15