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Betty Lou Blue (Pavilion) Hardcover – October 5, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Pavilion
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; 1 edition (October 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803729375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803729377
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,932,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3–Betty Lou Blue had the world's biggest feet. Whackety, thwackety, flappety feet. Being different isn't easy, and the other kids often tease the doe-eyed child. 'If those feet were wings,' they would yell, 'you could fly!' Although her mother tries to reassure her, telling her that everyone's perfect and each living thing has a reason to be, Betty Lou doesn't believe her. Then one wintry day finds her tormentors trapped in waist-deep snow, and the youngster is conflicted about helping them. During this internal struggle, her mother's words of wisdom come to mind: …everything's ugly/that's done out of spite;/But you can be beautiful doing what's right. Although the message is predictable and the language almost too nice, the sophisticated city background and mixed-media illustrations with odd perspectives strike a balance. A fun seasonal selection and a great starting point for conversations about bullies and choosing to do the right thing.–Piper L. Nyman, formerly at Fairfield Civic Center Library, CA
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PreS-Gr. 2. Betty Lou Blue has big feet--so big that the other kids tease her: "If those shoes were boats, you could float for a year." Her mother reminds her that both beauty and ugliness come from inside, and soon Betty has the chance to prove that. A small avalanche traps her tormentors in the snow drifts. Cutting nicely into the sweetness factor, Betty thinks about leaving them, but in the end she decides she's no match for their cruelty and rescues them. Here's where the story's logic begins to break down. Yes, Betty's feet are supposed to be large, but they don't look all that big in the illustrations--certainly not gigantic enough for each kid to stand on while she walks to safety ("without sinking an inch"). That aside, this book does several things very well, especially the presentation of the conflicted emotions a child sometimes feels when contemplating whether to do right or wrong. The rhyming text wears a little, but the imposing, deeply colored artwork, which makes use of unusual perspectives, commands attention. Message accomplished. Ilene Cooper
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Herold on December 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever been teased at school? Do you know someone who has been teased at school? Well, who hasn't! That's the beauty and universality of "Betty Lou Blue," by Nancy Crocker (illustrated by Boris Kulikov).

Usually kids are teased at school because they have red hair, or they wear glasses, or they're slightly weird, or, let's face it, for any old reason. Betty Lou's reason is unusually unusual--she has especially large feet. Here's the story:

"Betty Lou Blue had the world's biggest feet.

Whackety, thwackety, flappety feet.

The other kids laughed

when she whappeted by.

'If those feet were wings,' they would yell,

'you could fly!'

'If those shoes were boats,

you could float for a year!'

But whackety-flap, she'd pretend not to hear."

Despite the fact Betty Lou is suffering, Crocker's verse is snappy, "whackety" fun to read aloud.

Betty Lou's mother tries to reassure her daughter, telling her everyone's perfect, "yes, even you!" But, Betty Lou is too wise for maternal affirmations--she knows better.

One day, however, Betty Lou's lot changes. It snows in the city and all the children head out to sleigh in the park. Unfortunately, a number of them are buried in the snow. Who can help? Why a little girl with feet as large as snowshoes.

"She knew what to do.

It was really a cinch--

On top of the snow,

without sinking an inch,

She stood each kid up

on the world's biggest feet

And walked each one out

to the newly plowed street."

"Betty Lou Blue" is an "everyone has a place in the world" tale, expertly told.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Marsh on May 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The book came in perfect condition and rather quickly. No complaints here!
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I grew up in Wakenda, Missouri--a town of 100 (then) and 3 (now). I studied at Columbia College, University of Minnesota, and The Loft Literary Center. I've published personal essays, one of which appears in "My Brush With History" (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2001); and three works of fiction: "Betty Lou Blue" (Dial Books, 2006), "Billie Standish Was Here" (Simon & Schuster, 2007), and "Seeing America" (Medallion Press, 2014).


I live in Minneapolis with my husband and son. We have two cats, one of which is nice.