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    It can be a little scary to be small in a big city, but it helps to know you're not alone.
    When you're small in the city, people don't see you, and loud sounds can scare you, and knowing what to do is sometimes hard. But this little kid knows what it's like, and knows the neighborhood. And a little friendly advice can go a long way.
    Alleys can be good shortcuts, but some are too dark.
    Or, there are lots of good hiding places in the city, like under a mulberry bush or up a walnut tree.
    And, if the city gets to be too much, you're always welcome home, where it's safe and quiet.
    In the first book that he has both written and illustrated, award-winning artist Sydney Smith spins a quiet, contemplative tale about seeing a big world through little eye.

    Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award
    A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year!
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    Sydney Smith knows that children are the ultimate observers. In “Small in the City,” he shows us how a young child navigates a city — it’s unmistakably Toronto — with deep knowledge of all its nooks and crannies. If we can find them and are lucky, there is shelter, kindness and hope. Smith renders an elegant urban winterscape precisely, yet with an astonishing looseness.
    — Jillian Tamaki

    "This is a book about perspective and empathy . . .
    The narrative uncertainties come together so delicately and beautifully, I wouldn’t want to risk spoiling the journey for adult readers any more than for children. . .

    For my part, suffice it to say “Small in the City” is the best picture book I’ve seen so far this year, and among the most moving I know. For the right child it will be revelatory."

    —The New York Times Book Review
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  • 시드니 스미스(Sydney Smith)
  • 캐나다 노바스코샤 주에서 태어나 어린 시절부터 그림을 그렸다. 노바스코샤미술디자인대학(NSCAD) 졸업 후 어린이 책에 그림을 그리기 시작했고, 릴리언 셰퍼드 기념상을 비롯하여 여러 상을 받았다. 현재는 토론토에 있는 집과 온타리오 주에 있는 미술관을 오가며 다양한 미술 작업을 하고 있다.

     

    “My current studio is a converted garage in my backyard. It is fairly spacious and all mine. For the first time, I can play loud music if I want to ... I have three tables set up. One with stacks of paper, drawings, and drafts; one with art books, picture books, and my computer; and the third has paint, water and all my supplies. It’s a real mess, but I love it.

    We lost a dear friend and editor at Groundwood Books, Sheila Barry. She was a mentor to many of us authors and illustrators. Before she passed away, I was able to show her this book in its early stage. Afterward, finishing this story allowed me to process my loss. In many ways, I am the character in this book.”

     

     

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