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Writer/photographer Swinburne turns to a topic close to young children’s hearts in this nonfiction picture book. After a few pages depicting children with and without footgear, he offers a guessing game in which a photo on the right-hand page shows a person below the knees and asks, Whose shoes? A turn of the page gives the answer and a full-length photo of a ballerina (or farmer, Army National Guard soldier, post office worker, clown . . .) on the left. The facing page repeats the question Whose Shoes? with a new photo. A few of the pictures may stump preschoolers and the chef’s shoes will baffle adults as well, but often clues in the pictures will help lead kids to the answers. The clear, colorful photos provide plenty of talking points, while the short text flows in a conversational way. This attractive picture book is reminiscent of Margaret Miller’s Whose Shoe? (1991), a staple of story programs for many years. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan


"The text is rhythmic and will read aloud well." --Kirkus Reviews

"Reminiscent of Margaret Miller's Whose Shoe? (1991), a staple of story programs for many years." --Booklist

"'Teachers will find this a good tool to use with a unit on community workers. It gives young students a new look at people in their community from a different perspective." --Library Media Connection

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159078569X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590785690
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 10.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Short Version

Steve was born in London, England. He holds a BA degree in Biology and English from Castleton State College in Vermont. He has worked as a ranger in a number of national parks and is the author of over 25 children's books. His extensive travels to faraway lands such as Africa and treks through Yellowstone have all influenced his book projects. Steve's first mid-grade novel, WIFF AND DIRTY GEORGE, will appear Spring 2010. He lives in Vermont with his wife Heather and a cat named Skittles.

The Long Version

My mother, Lily, had me at Marleyborne Hospital in London, England, at 11 o'clock in the morning on November 8, 1952. My father, William Swinburne, worked on trains delivering mail to faraway places all over England. I think that's where I get my love of trains. I was the middle kid--my brother, Peter was a year older, and my sister, Madeline, a year younger. We lived at 7 Wolsey Road in north London, a poor neighborhood of attached brick houses, narrow streets and endless chimneys poking the sky. During World War 2, a bomb from a German plane made a direct hit on the only pub on our street. One person was killed and the pub was rebuilt into a new pub called The Lady Mildmay.

My best friend on 7 Wolsey Road was a kid named George. Mom considered him scruffy and nasty. She called him Dirty George. I was dubbed Wiff. It seems neither of us cared much for soap and water. When we weren't mucking about the streets, we fought other neighborhood kids. Sometimes we'd chuck stones at each other. Once, a well-thrown stone split open my upper lip.

When I was almost 8, we moved from England to America. Mom, Peter, Madeline and I boarded the Queen Elizabeth in Southampton in southern England on April 20, 1960. We landed in New York City five days later. Southampton was the same port the Titanic departed from on April 10, 1912. They hoped to arrive in New York City on April 15, but the ship struck an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912 and sank almost 3 hours later.

I remember two things about our passage on the Queen Elizabeth: sitting in the swanky dining room being served by waiters in their crisp white uniforms. I looked down at the table setting and saw a 100 knives, forks and spoons. Which ones did I use first? The other memory that stands out was when we were docking in New York City. My mother held my sister in her arms and stood at the rail, leaning over, searching for my father along the wharf. When the ship's horn blasted behind us, my mother jumped nearly spilling my sister into New York harbor far below. What a welcome that would have been!

Age 8 to 17 was a blur of moving houses (my dad liked to switch houses every 2 years), new schools, new friends and fights with my brother and sister culminating in my parents divorce in 1970. All those years I took refuge in listening to The Beatles and writing in journals. I remember yanking the bed sheets over my head, flipping on a tiny flashlight and scratching words into 5-cent journal. I've kept journals and dairies all my life and think it's a great place to fall in love with words.

Growing up, I wanted to be an adventurer, a naturalist or marine biologist. Ever since I can remember, I've put words on paper and I feel so fortunate to make a living writing, exploring new places, learning about the amazing creatures we share this planet with.

I still would like to be an adventurer or marine biologist. One day. And I think a rock star would be kind of cool, too.

Steve holds a bachelor of arts degree in biology and English from Castleton State College, Vt. He has worked as ranger in a number of national parks.

He loves to travel and observe nature and wildlife. A safari in Africa, hiking in Scotland, monitoring sea turtles on a Georgia island, a winter trek through Yellowstone and watching shorebirds in New York have all led to book projects.

He lives in South Londonderry, Vermont, with his wife Heather and daughters Hayley and Devon.

When Steve is not writing and photographing children's books, he loves to sing and play Beatle songs on his Gibson guitar, garden, read, travel with his family and take pictures.

Steve's photography has appeared in magazines such as COUNTRY JOURNAL, VERMONT LIFE, GARDEN DESIGN, FAMILY FUN and HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on July 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Different kinds of occupations require different types of shoes. For example, while construction workers need sturdy boots to protect their feet from injuries, mail carriers prefer comfortable walking shoes and office workers may prioritize fashion and style. With photographs that prompt children to guess which shoes belong with which occupation, this entertaining book encourages children to think about job requirements and future career possibilities.
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Yellow crocs, purple crocs, orange crocs, black crocs, and lilac crocs. Almost every youngster likes crocs, but there are many different kinds of shoes that people wear in certain circumstances, unless of course they like their toes to touch the grass when they go barefoot. When you are a baby, "the first shoes you ever wore were soft and very small." In the winter time boots are the footwear of the day and in the summer many children wear flip-flops. Shoes come in many sizes and colors. For different jobs there are different kinds of shoes or boots and in this book you may know which go with which job, but on the other hand you may just have to guess.

If someone told you about pointe shoes, you might not know what they were talking about, but if you saw a pair you might immediately know that ballerinas wear them. There are all kinds of boots and shoes in this book, but you'll have to match the boot to the person or occupation. How about a pair of mud boots? If you saw a pair, some hay and a cow, perhaps you'd guess they belonged to a farmer and you would be correct. Each picture has little visual hints for you to follow and when you've made your guess or know the answer you can turn the page and find out. Each shoe or boot can be a little mystery, one that you can solve if you think quickly and look at the clues on each page!

This is a book that will make youngsters put on their thinking caps and solve the mystery of who owns which shoes or boots. This is a nice book for children to work on their visualization skills, comparing the visual clues with information they may already know, and "solve" a mini mystery. For many children this will prove to be a fun and interesting activity.
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This book encourages young children to think about "whose shoes" they might want to wear in the future. Each page at the heart of the text poses the question: "Whose shoes?" Then, when the child flips to the back of each page it reveals what profession wears those shoes. This includes a ballerina, farmer, fire fighter, Army National Guard soldier, soccer player, construction worker, post office worker, chef, and a clown.

This is a helpful text to begin discussing with children "what they want to be when they grow up." However, one big concern I have with this book is the lack of female occupations represented. Out of the nine professions represented, only two of these are obviously women (the ballerina and the post office worker). I would have liked to have seen more women and possible careers, perhaps even atypical female career options, represented in this book. Even though I offer this critique, I still believe this to be a good book for causing children to begin thinking about career options for the future. I look forward to sharing this book with my preschool aged nephews in the near future.
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By kodi on August 8, 2012
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Book was the selection by our libraries as the one to give out for all children to read. Enough words to challenge young readers, but enough pictures to make it easy for non-readers, too. Encourages talking about the many occupations out there for childern to explore.
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