When her parents hold a yard sale to downsize prior to moving, Callie experiences mixed emotions until she realizes she still has what’s most important.
Callie and her parents are moving from a house to a “[s]mall but nice” apartment. Shocked to see “[a]lmost everything” they own for sale in their front yard, Callie watches people sorting through their possessions and asking prices. She’s chagrined about crayon marks on her bed’s headboard that lower the price and angry as a man loads her bike into his truck. When her best friend, Sara, asks why they’re moving, Callie says it has “something to do with money.” Callie hates “people buying our stuff,” and she’s horrified when a woman jokingly asks if she is for sale. Reassured by her parents and back in their “almost empty house,” Callie realizes they “don’t really need anything they sold,” and she and her parents will “fit” into their new place—and that’s what matters. Callie’s first-person observations reveal her distress, while poignant watercolor-and-ink illustrations reinforce her emotions through deft use of white space, color washes and strong outlines that capture postures and facial expressions. Images of forlorn Callie surrounded by a yard full of possessions, sad Callie hugging Sara, distraught Callie grabbing her bike and Callie’s parents comforting her visually tug the heart.
A simple, moving tale of a family in transition. (Picture book. 3-7)