I am researching a variety of childrens’ books for my new blog Growing Up Centsible and stumbled upon a book about a corner grocery store that we really enjoy. Seems like a perfect resource for your little ones to start learning valuable lessons about family and community plus there are lots of food items in the adorable illustrations worth noting.
The book is called Our Corner Grocery Store and is age appropriate for kindergarten – Grade 3 but honestly my 15 month old loves the book. He points out the apples, the grandpa, etc. The text is a bit much for his age but I do believe he gets a lot out of the illustrations.
Overview: A little girl named Anna Marie spends her Saturday helping her grandparents run their corner store. The book clearly portrays the very loving relationship between Anna Marie and her grandparents. The store is adorable with its fresh fruit and vegetables, signage, local bread delivery and the love it receives from the community. Dinner is prepared in the store, Anna Marie and a friend draw on the sidewalk outside the store and share after dinner treats from the store. Each time I open this book, I feel “warm and fuzzy” and wish I could visit this store in my neighborhood. The book, although simply about a local store run by elderly merchants, is a wonderful reminder of the positive role grandparents can play in a child’s life, what a little hard work can bring a family and community, and the greater love and power of a community. Those are the big, powerful messages to your older children. For the younger children, the illustrations are a great way to learn vocabulary and to help your children identify various foods.