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If the Shoe Fits Hardcover – September 15, 2001

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 7 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (September 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805064664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805064667
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Young ones who have mastered their nursery rhymes will get a hoot out of Jackson's (I Know an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Pie) gentle humor and the old woman who lives in a shoe (who delivers the punch line). When she decides to seek a new home for her brood, the old woman visits a succession of familiar places. Firehammer's (The Flea's Sneeze) pleasant illustrations portray the wee family escaping along Humpty Dumpty's wall, fleeing from 24 blackbirds, being squeezed out of the suit of the Grand Duke of York and frightening Little Miss Muffett in place of the spider (after her entourage settles into a warm woolen coat, the narrative reads, "When Little Jack Horner stopped in for some pie,/ She decided to give a new haven a try"). The soft-edged acrylic paintings feature a pastel palette, a cast of multicultural, doll-like children with their family dog and cat and plenty of action. Youngsters will likely embrace the chance to identify these characters and their well-known rhymes. The old woman eventually settles her huge family back into their original shoe house, and says, "If the shoe fits, then wear it," thus providing a fitting conclusion. Ages 2-7.

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From School Library Journal

reS-Gr 2-In their search for new housing, the old woman who lived in a shoe and her multicultural cast of children visit many recognizable nursery rhymes. Audiences will enjoy identifying the many rhyming Mother Goose references, including a visit with Little Jack Horner, a stop on a hickory-dickory clock, and a spin in Miss Muffet's teacup. Finally, after many silly mishaps and adventures, the children land in the boot of the Grand Duke of York, and find it lacking. At this point the old woman, who "had grown much more patient and wise," declares, "`If the shoe fits, then wear it'-.And she led them right back where this story began." Although some segments are less satisfying than others as they stretch to fit the theme, Jackson's deft touch for humor carries the audience's interest through the story. Firehammer's pastel-colored, acrylic-on-illustration-board pictures are lively and funny, just the right touch for this brief jaunt through children's literature.

Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, Fairfield, CA

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More About the Author

Alison Jackson has been a children's author for over twenty years. As a children's librarian she became aware of the needs of young readers, along with their interests, and she has been writing for them ever since. Her most popular book, I KNOW AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A PIE, is a humorous Thanksgiving take-off on the children's song, "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," in which her little old lady consumes nearly everything she sees on Thanksgiving Day. THE BALLAD OF VALENTINE, a Valentine's Day spin-off from the song, "Clementine," appeared on the New York Times Best Seller's list, and her most recent novel, EGGS OVER EVIE, has received starred reviews in both School Library Journal and the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. Her next publication, WHEN THE WIND BLEW will be out in January, 2013. It is a variation on "Rock-a-Bye,Baby", in which the wind blows the baby right out of the tree and onto the roof of a shoe house, belonging to the "Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe." The unpredictable wind rearranges many familiar nursery rhymes before finally shifting and setting everything right.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on September 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"There was an old woman who lived in a shoe./She had so many children, she didn't know what to do./She gave them some broth without any bread,/Then took them to live in a new home instead..." So begins Alison Jackson's creative and humorous twist on the old classic Women in the Shoe nursery rhyme. The poor woman and her enormous brood try out a myriad of places, including the cat and the fiddle's hat, Humpty Dumpty's wall, Little Miss Muffet's teacup, Old Mother Hubbard's cupboard, and Hickory Dickory Dock's clock, but no place feels right. And so in the end "...If the shoe fits, then wear it," she said to her clan./And she led them right back where this story began..." Ms Jackson's energetic, rhyming, chain of events story is filled with familiar nursery rhyme characters, and little ones will revel in all the fun of identifying old friends and remembering their verses. Karla Firehammer's engaging illustrations, in soft pastel tones, are rich in entertaining details and marvelous facial expressions. Perfect for preschoolers, If The Shoe Fits is a wonderful, fun-filled romp kids will want to read again and again, and is sure to become an instant favorite at your house.
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By LadyB on January 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic book that incorporates many nursery rhymes that you will recognize into one great big rhyme about the old woman that lived in a shoe and her many, many children! The rhymes are cute. The troubles are adorable. And the kiddo wants to read it over and over (always a good sign at our house!).

It also teaches the about how the grass is always greener...right?

All in all - a fantastic book!
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