From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1—A rhymed text forms simple riddles about what type of shoes Sherman wears, depending on where he is going or what he is doing. The answers are on the following pages. For example, "Does Sherman wear flip-flops/when he hikes over rocks?/Of course not!/Hiking boots with a thick pair of socks." The child also wears galoshes, slippers, tennis shoes, and flippers. How would such a story end? Sherman goes to bed with bare feet. The soft, friendly illustrations make this a perfect book to share with children. It is a joyful exercise in learning the different names for footgear with fun rhymes and delightful art. A great choice to help expand growing vocabularies.—Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH
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This picture book invites children to enjoy a shoe-themed guessing game as they follow a boy named Sherman through his day. The question-and-answer text alternates between two types of queries. The first asks Which shoes does he choose? A situation is described, followed by an answer and a reason for the choice. The second sort of question begins with the last shoes chosen and asks if they are worn in an amusingly inappropriate situation (Does Sherman wear skates when he goes out to eat?). The answer shows how the footwear is really worn. The questions are sure to garner responses from individual children or story hour crowds, who will also enjoy shouting, Of course not, once they figure out when to expect it. Almost cartoonlike in their simplicity, the pleasant gouache and watercolor-pencil drawings feature tousle-haired Sherman sporting an extraordinarily large wardrobe of footwear: slippers, flippers, flip-flops, hiking boots, galoshes, roller skates, dress shoes, tennis shoes, and sneakers. Nicely designed for reading aloud. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Carolyn Phelan