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Zoe Gets Ready Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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"This seemingly simple idea subtly encompasses much larger themes about creativity and independence. With layers of meaning, a spunky, fun-loving heroine, and clever use of the butterfly motif throughout, this one is a keeper." ―Booklist
"The cartoon simplicity matches the light text and gentle humor, and sparkles on the cover accent the many outfits with great pizzazz. Add this one to the growing list of fun stories for young ladies with style." ―School Library Journal
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Possibly Zoe might be just exactly like your little girl, your little granddaughter, or your best friend's daughter!
Any little girl around age three or so, who is special to you, deserves to have this darling book in her life!
It is so perfect for so many girls, and so true! You will see how much everyone will just adore it.
The story is lovely, and the illustrations are just fantastic! They have with so many details to notice. Overall, Zoe Gets Ready is SO pretty and fun!
First of all, the book cover has sparkles (real 3-D sparkles texturing the picture) and this is very appealing. You see Zoe contemplating her closet and wardrobe; including the fairy wings which could be donned......doesn't everyone need that? Of course we do!
The story begins with "On school days, soccer days, and rainy days, someone else always chooses what Zoe will wear." Zoe looks a little bored, as she clearly has other ideas for her outfits.
"But today is Saturday, and that means Zoe gets to decide". At this point, you see her room and closet and drawers half opened. Clearly, this is GREAT, to have the opportunity to make her own decisions! Her little sister and their puppy peek in the bedroom door! So sweet!
Then she begins to imagine adventures she will have in different outfits, such as collecting frogs with pockets, or acorns. However already her mother is calling, "Come on and get ready, we aren't spending the whole day in the house"!
Zoe considers a twirling day, as she has a twirling skirt! She contemplates this on her bed while her sister puts pajamas on her head.The bedroom gets messier!Read more ›
Zoe is a little girl with imagination. On school days she in instructed what to wear depending on school days, soccer days and rainy days. But Saturdays Zoe gets to select her own wardrobe - a suit of clothes that would be fitting for gathering pocket things, twirling with a great skirt, cartwheeling, exploring, blending in, or standing out. But when the castigating call from the mother demands she stop daydreaming and get dressed Zoe has her own solution - with a couple of additions!
This is a story young girls will love and one with which mothers will identify! Murgia's pen and ink and watercolor drawings are superb and rich with imagination. This well-designed book is exceptional. Watch for the book awards nominations....Grady Harp, August 12
Zoey is that typical little girl who dresses each weekday morning in the clothes that "someone else chooses". However on Saturday she gets to decide herself. She stands before her closet, hands on her hips, thinking about what particular outfits would be appropriate for the ideas she has.
Each page shows her having fun imagining, for example, wearing a dress with pockets to collect nature specimens or a leotard and tights while doing cartwheels outside. Her reverie is frequently interrupted by a conversation "bubble" from the next room: Mom would like her to decide and get on with it.
One small quibble which makes this a 4 rather than 5-star book for me. Towards the end, the plaintive "bubbles" from Mom become 3" letters spelling out "Zoey Now!!!" across a double-page spread. It seems that encouragement is now yelling. Sure enough, right away she pulls on all the choices together (bathing suit, mittens, boots, two dresses, etc.) and is ready to go. With the mention of "just one more thing" and the addition of butterfly wings she is off.
It is possible that if Zoey's closet pole was at a 4 year-old's height, and if she got practice choosing outfits more often, say, the evening before, weekend dressing wouldn't be so overwhelming for her. Still the author has written what must be many parent's experience. I also agree with other reviewers who suggest that the author has created a winning personality in Zoe. I would definitely want to read more about her upcoming explorations and adventures like Vera Rosenberry did with her eponymously named series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bethanie Murguia as an artist-storyteller is a gift to parents and children alike!
We found Zoe gets Ready at the library after having been a fan of Bethanie's... Read more
My granddaughter Zoe (who was five when I gave her this book) loves the book. It perfectly portrays her experiences and her mom's reactions in getting dressed. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lynn K. Fritz
We got thus book from the library and my daughter fell in love and now that she has it for her own collection she is in love she has us all rest it at least twice a day!!!Published 9 months ago by Katelynn Sondey
I love this book. Zoe is wonderful. She is full of life and totally in charge. I wish every girl started her day with such big dreams.Published 11 months ago by Karen Copenhaver
The closet of my 5 year old granddaughter looks a lot like Zoe's, right down to the wings. The piles of clothes on her floor look about the same, too. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Melody P
I loveeeeeee these books... I read them every night to my daughter Zoey... I think its clevetly written... I just ordered her new book. Cant wait to read it.Published 20 months ago by Liana
I read this book to my 2 year old daughter almost every night. This is definitely a favorite for us!Published 23 months ago by Catherine Moore Scherer
We got this as a gift and my daughter loved it so much, she has it memorized cover to cover now. The pictures are so cute and colorful, and also fits my adult taste. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by M. Kim
I bought this book for a friend's granddaughter (named Zoe). I wish I had the opportunity to read it to her, but I live far away. Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Duck Lady