In Lucia's Neighborhood

Authors: Pat Shewchuk and Marek Colek
Publisher: Kids Can Press, 2013
32 pages
Ages 3-7
ISBN 978-1-55453-420-3
A classic story told through the eyes of a child In Lucia’s Neighborhood invites the reader to 
explore all that happens on a typical day in this young girl’s community. From dog walkers and 
merchants to parades and farmer’s markets, Lucia tells the reader about what it’s like to live 
in her neighborhood. Connecting it to her community’s Portuguese-Canadian culture, Lucia 
talks of Jane Jacobs and the Senhor Da Pedra festival. The vivid illustrations bring to life the 
short poetic text of Lucia’s narrative. The book is based on Montrose Avenue, Shewchuk and 
Colek’s award-winning animated documentary about the Toronto street bearing the same name. 
A recommended purchase for libraries looking to expand their collections on communities and 
Reviewed by Christine Smith.