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 CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved