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What Can You Do With a Shoe? Paperback – July 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689844433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689844430
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.2 x 5.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,134,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

What can you do with a shoe? If you can't come up with anything besides "put it on your foot," it's time to expand your horizons. In What Can You do with a Shoe, author and Caldecott medalist Beatrice Schenk de Regniers promotes a wide range of creative options for footwear, from putting a shoe on your ear to wearing it on your head to buttering it like bread or using apple jam instead. The same innovative approach to repurposing is applied to a chair, a hat, a cup, a broom, and a bed. Each time, a pageant of wacky possibilities is explored in rhyme, followed by an acquiescent nod to the traditional function of the object in question. Children and adults alike will love the anarchist thrill of ideas, from filling a hat with pickles to using a broom as a bear brush.

Here, it is the pictures that make the book, as the illustrious Maurice Sendak displays his talent for delightful drawings once again. This edition is the first to include full-color paintings, which make the whimsical illustrations of a boy and girl playing dress-up even more lively and endearing, and the perfect accompaniment to a celebration of endless imagination and possibility. (Ages 2 to 7) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This 1955 picture book, recently recolored by Sendak, explores the many possibilities of using commonplace things in a world of the imagination. Ages 3-7.

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I great addition to anyones library.
Matt Kendrick
The illustrations are the perfect blend of simple and expressive.
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And I would recommend it for ages 2-7 and their parents.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Berry on June 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Maurice Sendak's lively little pictures hit just the right note for this playful exploration. It's great for getting children involved ... "Do you put pickles in your hat?" "Noooo!" Lot's of fun to be had with this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Scharp on November 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
"What can you do with a shoe?", Is a great little kids book. I really enjoy the type of books that get the children involved in reading with you and answering questions. This book does just that. It reads as though your child has answered the questions they ask, and they probably will! They are silly questions.
I found my 3 year old was making up his own "What do you do with's?..."
Very cute and lively, and entertaining to read. I enjoy Maurice Sendak's simple illustrations that go along with it.
If you like books that get your children involved, you may really like this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt Kendrick on September 12, 2011
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I used to read this book when I was a child in the late 50's and early 60's. It was one of my favorites. My old copy is falling apart but my 6 year was always trying to read it. So I ordered this nice new copy and she reads it regularly. I great addition to anyones library.
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Format: Paperback
With pictures by Maurice Sendak (you know, Where the Wild Things Are) this book is absolutely delightful! A whimsical, 60/70ish feel... oh and English it also seems English, as in England, to me. (Although it's not. Not 60/70ish, since it was first pubished in 1955 and recolored in 1997. And it's not English, the author was born in Lafayette, IN.) But most of all it's delightful! And don't let the fact that it was first published over 50 years ago stop you from purchasing this book. I read it to my child in the summer of 2009 and he LOVED it. This is one of those wonderful timeless books.

The author AND the illustrator of this one definitely knew children. The brother and sister in this book act as impetuously and as delightfully as every child I know. And when I paused, my four-year-old had no problem filling in exactly the right words. I am so, so glad I came across this book. And I would recommend it for ages 2-7 and their parents.
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