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Shoes from Grandpa Paperback – April, 1996

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This talented Australian author's most recent picture books, Koala Lou and Night Noises , have both won kudos, and her latest effort is equally praiseworthy. When Jessie's grandfather notices how much she's grown, he offers to buy her some new shoes for winter. Spurred on by Jessie's delight at the gift--a pair of fire-engine-red boots--one by one the whole family gets in on the act. In a cumulative rhyme reminiscent of "The House that Jack Built," each relative promises something to go with the new boots: socks, mittens, a sweater and so on. Jessie appreciates their generosity, but finally she has to tell the truth--that what she really needs is a new pair of jeans. Practically begging to be read aloud, this exuberant collaboration is firmly rooted in happy family life, and Mullins's collages give the domestic scenes an enticingly hip look. Ages 3-6.
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PreSchool-Grade 2-- Jessie, an active girl of nine or so, is growing out of her clothes, and the members of her large and loving family get carried away in their eagerness to provide her with a new wardrobe. In this humorous suburban variation on "The House that Jack Built," Grandpa gets things started off with a pair of new shoes, Dad offers "socks from the local shops," and Mom buys "a skirt that won't show the dirt." As each of Jessie's relatives gets into the act, the rhythmic cumulative tale builds momentum. Brightly colored torn-paper collages fill appealing double-page illustrations portraying Jessie increasingly laden down with everyone else's idea of the perfect addition to her outfit. Finally, shedding all her mismatched apparel, she tactfully speaks her mind: "You're all so kind that I just hate to be mean, but please, would one of you buy me some jeans?" Grandpa grants her wish and Jessie zooms off on her skateboard, in her new jeans, happily unencumbered. Either in story hour or reading on their own, youngsters will enjoy seeing Jessie's free spirit triumph over her family's overly enthusiastic good intentions. --Carey Ayres, Port Washington Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Sundance Pubns; Big edition (April 1996)
  • ISBN-10: 0590603493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590603492
  • ASIN: 9996136728
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 16.5 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,569,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
... in the same manner as "The House That Jack Built." Great fun to read aloud. Grandpa kicks off the plot by buying Jesse a pair of shoes, which of course, need a pair of socks to go with them...and soon the whole extended family is pitching in to buy something "to go with the shoes from Grandpa." Nice, warm illustrations and the rollicking text combine to make a very pleasant reading experience. Enjoy!
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A Kid's Review on October 22, 2002
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This is a good story because it shows the love a family has for their child as she grows up. I recommend this book for all ages, because it was very funny and heartwarming...
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A cumulative tale is one of those fun stories that builds on itself, one element at a time - like, as other commenters noted, "The House that Jack Built".

In this case, every member of the family runs to get a girl another article of clothing to "Go with the shoes from grandpa", until eventually she asks them nicely if they can just get her a pair of jeans instead.

The only trouble I have with this book (and it's minor, really), is that it's written with Australian English in mind. Which means that to my American voice, some of the rhymes (laugh and scarf; blouse and "ribons and bows") just don't work, and it messes up the flow.

If it weren't for that quibble, I wouldn't have a problem at all. The book rocks.
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