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Two Shoes, Blue Shoes, New Shoes Hardcover – April 1, 2003
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-Starting with "Two shoes, blue shoes, new shoes,/See what I can do, shoes!" this New York City tale depicts the exhilaration a child experiences when she dons her recently purchased footwear and goes about discovering the joy of happy feet. Though she appears unhurried as she skips, walks, swings from a rope, rides on a whale, etc., readers discover at the conclusion that she has a definite destination and very good reason for wearing new shoes-"Going off to school." Childlike watercolors dominated by shades of blue, orange, and red show the energetic youngster, tresses flying, as she learns all the things her new shoes can do. The rhyming couplets are printed over the double-page illustrations, but the bold, dark type is easy to read. This title is similar in tenor to Susan Rollings's New Shoes, Red Shoes (Orchard, 2000), but both books will be popular with children to whom new shoes are so important.
Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
K-Gr. 1. A young girl races out of her front door sporting her new, blue shoes. She is dressed for anything, and her attitude matches ("Two shoes, blue shoes, new shoes / See what I can do, shoes!") Children will follow the girl through Zaman's lively cityscapes as they sing along with Fitz-Gibbon's catchy poem. After a few pages, the girl's adventures take a turn toward the nonsensical. She encounters strange animals ("Riding on a whale, shoes," "Find a purple frog, shoes!"), and she reaches faraway places ("Dancing on the moon, shoes," "Bouncing on a cloud, shoes"). The rhythmic lines and the bright, double-page spreads capture the energy and imagination of a child heading off to--where else but school! Kathy Broderick
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