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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: AMMO Books; Ill edition (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934429066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934429068
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 2–6—A retelling of the much darker Hans Christian Andersen tale. Karen, daughter of the town shoemaker, is poor, but dreams of the day when she can make beautiful shoes. Her mother has been constructing a pair from leftover scraps of red leather as a birthday surprise, but becomes ill and dies. Heartbroken, Karen wears the red shoes to the funeral. When an evil queen demands to have them within three days even though they "had grown fast" to Karen's feet, the girl finds a solution with the help of her mother's spirit. Unlike the didactic Andersen tale, all ends well for the shoemaker's daughter as she learns that she can realize her dreams. This book is exceptionally well illustrated with intricate black line drawings that dominate the cream-colored pages and add drama and intensity to the simple text. The endpapers have multiple shoe designs.—C. J. Connor, Campbell County Public Library, Cold Spring, KY
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"One of the most eye-catching books in the bookstore this season is 'The Red Shoes'—illustrated by Sun Young Yoo. The book is a re-telling of the classic Andersen fairy tale with lush linework. Its dark illustrations evoke Edward Gorey with a touch of Manhwa (Korean comics). Definitely check it out if you can." —Drawn! The Illustration Blog

"An adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale, this version of 'The Red Shoes' offers a positive message to young girls instead. The pen and ink illustrations are insanely detailed..." —GOOP.com


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3.8 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BostonProfessionalDad on April 30, 2009
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I ordered this book based on the illustrations, which are just gorgeous. However, this is not a children's story. There is nothing uplifting or engaging about the narrative. Even the "scary parts" are related flatly. This is a book for a 20-something with a strong design sense and career hopes, not for a five year old who wants a fairy tale.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Stuckman on August 31, 2009
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This book has great illustrations. However, there are numerous writing/editing errors. The worst of which is the phrase "caught site of" instead of "caught sight of". Also, the vocabulary and sentence structure is a little intense for preschoolers. I agree that it is more suitable for adults.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Lenhart on February 1, 2009
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I could not be more thrilled with "The Red Shoes". My husband and I are always looking for special books to fill out our daughter's growing library, and we were not disappointed with this one. The illustrations are gorgeous and entertaining even to an adult sensibility. Our daughter simply appreciates the incredible detail and the sweetness of the story itself.
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...Every woman and girl with style and taste has their little "red shoes."

I bought this as a gift for a newborn baby girl and a artsy-fashionista 7 year old and received nothing but "I love this book. Where can I get another copy."

The illustration work is timeless and the story is memorable. This book is a classic that every little girl should have.
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This was purchased as a gift for my daughter. I hope she will love it. I'd never heard of the story B-4 and thought it sounded like something she'd like.
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My step granddaughter Ally loved the book. She is into ballet and found it very entertaining. She is happy with it.
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