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The Cobbler's Holiday: or Why Ants Don't Wear Shoes Hardcover – September 16, 2008

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Kindergarten-Grade 3—This droll fable tells how stylish ants once needed many pairs of beautiful shoes for their busy lives and favorite dance. Because the Tick-Toe-Hip-Clog-Tock-Hop requires a pair of ants to make 36 hundred steps, the cobbler ant works around the clock and becomes very rich. When he accidentally bites his foot, he decides he is working too hard and leaves town. Unable to buy new shoes or have their old ones repaired, the fashionable ants despair. One evening, Red Ant arrives at the party without shoes—or clothes—and dances gracefully. Soon all of the ants discard their shoes. Since then, all of these tiny creatures walk barefoot. Smartly dressed ants with large heads and expressive eyes are set against stark white backgrounds. Their elegant clothes are reminiscent of Russian fashion at the turn of the last century. Rich colors and interesting details are lavished on both shoes and clothes. No comment is made about the ants giving up their clothes as well as their shoes; however, smiling faces indicate they are pleased to be rid of both. Pair this book with Tony Ross's Centipede's One Hundred Shoes (Holt, 2003) to spark a discussion about wants and needs.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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About the Author

MUSHARRAF ALI FAROOQI is an author and translator. He was the translator for THE ADVENTURES OF AMIR HAMZA. Born in Hyderabad, Pakistan, he now lives in Toronto, Canada.

EUGENE YELCHIN studied art and theater design at the Leningrad Institute of Theater and is the illustrator of THE HOUSE OF A MILLION PETS. He lives in California.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; First Edition edition (September 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596432349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596432345
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,547,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lapata on December 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading this book to my 2.5 year old daughter. She was entranced by all the drawings of tiny shoes, each completely different from the last, and is eager to learn the special ant dance described therein. The plot is a hilarious 'just-so' story, explaining how it was that ants came to be shoeless. A fun read for all generations involved!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neisha Reynolds on January 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book as a Christmas gift for my 5 year old neice. I stood in the bookstore laughing as I flipped through the pages. This is a great story with enough humor and illustration to make it a page turner.

Over the years children's books have become sleepers, but this one revives and entertains. Thank you to the author and illustrator for acknowledging that young people are thinking people and desire to be enchanted and entertained, just as much as adults.

I can't wait to see future work in children's literature from this author. Very well done!
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Such a great book. We love this book about why ants no longer wear shoes. Great story with some important themes like following the crowd and worrying about what others think.
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By Robin grace Ballard on August 19, 2015
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Natasha Redding on July 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"White negative space leaves the glamorous setting for readers to visualize and lets them focus instead on the fruits of Yelchin's abundant imagination."

-Publisher's Weekly

"Stylish, sophisticated illustrations, shifting perspectives and placement adding to the fun."

-Kirkus

"Rich colors and interesting details."

-School Library Journal

"Beautifully illustrated."

-National Writing for Children Center
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