Saturday at the Food Pantry
Saturday at the Food Pantry

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Annotation: A sensitive story about food insecurity.
Catalog Number: #302789
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Albert Whitman
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Illustrator: Magro, Brizida,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-8075-7236-5 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-0495-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-8075-7236-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-0495-8
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2020054720
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
A trip to a food pantry allows a child to both give and receive help.While many children’s books about food pantries and soup kitchens focus on how children can help others, this story places a child in need at its center. Molly (who presents as a girl of color with light brown skin and full, wavy brown hair) and her mother (who has lighter skin and straight, dark hair) are experiencing food insecurity, as evidenced by the paltry items in the illustrations of their kitchen and Molly’s grumbling belly when she goes to bed at night. Her mother tells her that they are going to get groceries at a food pantry—a place they’ve never before visited. When they arrive, they join a line of people waiting, including Molly’s classmate Caitlin, who is embarrassed to be seen there. “Everybody needs help sometimes,” Molly’s mother has told her, and she finds Caitlin’s evident sense of shame confusing. Molly passes time by drawing pictures, an activity Caitlin joins when others in line request drawings. They come to see their art making as a way of helping others, just as the good food in the food pantry, including a treat of cookies, helps them. Magro’s naïve illustrations emphasize her racially diverse characters’ faces, expressions of concern far fewer than smiles in emphasis of the book’s theme.Eminently helpful, affirming, and necessary. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-8)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

Molly and her mom don't always have enough food, so one Saturday they visit their local food pantry. Molly's happy to get food to eat until she sees her classmate Caitlin, who's embarrassed to be at the food pantry. Can Molly help Caitlin realize that everyone needs help sometimes?

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