The Old Man
by Sarah V and Claude K Dubois
Gecko Press, 2018
The gray illustrations, with a hint of color, capture the lonely and lost demeanor of an old homeless man, a young girl observes. Winter cold and too early for stores to open, he climbs aboard a bus, but when people arrive, they cry out, “He stinks.” and he deboards quickly. He goes to the shelter for food, but can’t remember his name and leaves without eating. The girl spots him again and offers him a sandwich. He returns to the shelter for a meal that night and remembers his name.
A gentle look at what it feels like to be homeless. Great for discussions.