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The City Kid the Suburb Kid

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  18 reviews
The grass may seem greener on the other side—but in the end there’s no place like home. That’s what two boys discover in this fresh and contemporary version of Aesop’s timeless “The City Mouse and the Country Mouse.” And it’s a great value, because the tale is told twice. When kids are done with one half, they simply flip the book over for a different side of the story!
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by Sterling Children's Books
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May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Cool reverse-style book.
Tori Huynh
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The grass is always greener on someone else’s lawn. In this reverse style book, it shows two different perspectives of a city and suburb kid who goes to visit the other. In the beginning, they are glad to leave their home as they state the negatives of the location they live in. By the end, the come to truly cherish their lifestyle, and the boys realize there is no place like home. The author focuses on the similarities of the stories with parallel text. The only difference is the location which ...more
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Cousins explore each other's homes in this cute reversible book. It's a fun take on the "there's no place like home" theme.
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you ever have to talk about the different between the suburbs and the city, this book does it all for you. With the illustrations, the students can clearly understand the different between the city and the suburbs. The two main characters go on a sleepover. One kid lives in the city and the other kid lives in the suburbs and they get to sleepover in their friend's place and see different places from where they used to live. From their perspectives, the audiences can distinguish the two places ...more
Jaclyn Kruljac
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book compares the city life to the suburb life. The story is told in two parts. In the first story, Jack goes to meet his friend Adam in the suburbs. Adam is so excited that jack is going to stay with him they have alot to do, ride their bikes in the neighborhood, go shopping, get ice cream and sleep outside. Jack is afraid of sleeping outside and is excited that he gets to go home in the morning. The second story is told when Adam goes to visit Jack in the city. The reader can simply turn ...more
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Simple lesson about the joy of experiencing new things, the grass always being greener, and the attractive safety of routine and familiarity. Go back to the velvet lined coffin that is your life, returning to your home, children.

While I understand the point is the sameness in contrast, it wouldn't have hurt to slightly change some things. Just flipping the ice cream cone's stack of flavors is subtle, might as well replace the plain ice cream with artisanal blood orange and bergamot ice cream han
Nov 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
A new take on the city mouse and country mouse: each boy shares his story of visiting the other--the words are the same, but the illustrations tell the full tale of what it means when they "ride through the neighborhood". Halfway through the stay, each boy gets homesick and longs for his family. This is an intriguing rewrite of the classic, though I felt some of it was forced--perhaps too short to develop that homesickness. I liked how the pictures completed the story; they were bright and color ...more
Excellent illustrations that clearly show the difference between living in the city versus living in a suburb/small town. If you have a student in your class who has recently moved from such a place, then they will relate and be able to share their personal story with the class. After reading this story, the class can work together on creating a compare and contrast graph and later they can write about their favorite thing of where they live.
Gwen the Librarian
Jun 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Jack lives in the city and his friend Adam lives in the suburbs. When Adam invites Jack for a weeklong visit, Jack can’t wait to get away from the noise of the city and his chores and his annoying sister. But after a couple of days away from home, Jack discovers how much he misses it. Turn the book over and you can read about Adam’s visit to Jack’s home in the city. This is a clever take on the story of The Country Mouse and the City Mouse.
Emily Freeman
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is such a great book! I'm so sad it's out of print. I would recommend it to all my second grade teacher pals. It's a great modern version of Town Mouse, Country Mouse, and perfect for teaching different types of communities in Social Studies! Plus it has some clever writer's craft going on, too. If you can find a used copy, but it! Or better yet, lobby the publisher and get it back in print!
Sep 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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This is a book that tells two stories. Jack, the city kid and Adam, the suburb kid visited each other. It took a week for both of them to enjoy a different environment and activities. But at the end, they both missed their homes and families. It was fun to visit, but home is always the favorite place.

I love the colorful retro style pictures on heavy matte paper. This is a gorgeous book.
Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
My suburb friend and her kids bought this for my city son and I adore it. You flip it one way and it is the city kid's story and flip it the other way and it is the suburb kid's. The pics are all different but the best part is that the stories are word for word the same. Awesome book!!
Shout out for Michigan authors! This is a great twist of the old Aesop's fable, and the flip-flop format and repeated lines with different contexts make this book fun to read and reread. Compare with "Same-Same but Different" by Kostecki-Shaw.
Steffen Minner
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The suburbs and the city are not quite as similar as this book makes them out to be, in my opinion. Cute idea, though I don't think many suburb kids have friends in the big city and vice versa. They should!
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
One in the city, one in the suburbs. For each boy, their home is their favorite, but they enjoy the break to explore their friend's home. Can use this book with my favorite spot poem...
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
My writting teacher read this book her name is mrs. murphy and I like it I got scared in the 1st half of it .
Katherine Salinas
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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Clever book. Cute way to help kids learn there are things to enjoy in either place.
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