All the makings of a family favorite. . . its pacing has that combination of quick and unhurried that is key for reading aloud (over and over again).
Imaginative language. . . upbeat pacing.
[A book] both mothers and children can enjoy again and again. And again. . . Dashka Slater’s Baby Shoes uses rhyme and repetition to tell the story of a baby’s adventure in his new “high-jumping, fast-running, fine-looking shoes” that become “speckle-spotted, polka-dotted, puddle-stomping, rainbow-romping, go-go-going shoes” after a day’s activities.
This is a blissful meditation on the delight of painting the colors of an outing — red chalk, grass stains, plum juice, and yellow paint — on the canvas of brand-new white shoes. Infectious fun.
Lighthearted multi-hued watercolor illustrations show an exuberant Baby doing everything a wee boy will do when he’s got spiffy new shoes. Fast-moving rhyme and playful illustrations invite kids on the go to scuff, scrape and have a blast breaking them in.
The smooth-flowing text contains wonderful repetitive phrases. The watercolor illustrations are warm and inviting and the expressions on the characters’ faces are particularly delightful. A grand choice for one-on-one sharing, as well as for storytime.
With a buoyant tone in both verse and illustrations, this book will be a fine addition to story hours and, given young children’s affinity for shoes, a great conversation starter.
Journalist, novelist, and children’s book author Dashka Slater has been telling stories since she could talk. Her novel for adults, The Wishing Box, was named one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times, while her journalism honors include a gold Azbee, two Maggies, and a Media Alliance Meritorious Achievement Award, as well as awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Association of Alternative Newspapers, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the California State Bar, and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
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