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De la Pena, Matt.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2015
IL K-3, RL 3.3

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandmother have a routine.  CJ isn't sure he wants to do the same thing every week.  As they wait in the rain for the bus, he questions why they have to go and why they have to ride the bus and why they can't just get a car.  With each of his questions, his grandmother shows him the beauty all around him.  Will CJ ever appreciate their weekly routine?

Booktalk #2

Why does CJ have to take the bus with Grandma on Sunday instead of playing with his friends? Why don't t have a car like his friend Colby? Why can't he have an iPod like the other kids on the bus? Without scolding him, CJ's grandma gently shows him how his life is more interesting and meaningful than the other one he imagines. In the end, CJ is glad he came along for the bus ride, and you will be too.  (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Program, 2017)

SUBJECTS:     African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Buses -- Fiction.
                        City and town life -- Fiction.
                        Grandmothers -- Fiction.
                        Picture books for children.

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