Baby loves his brand-new white shoes, taking them all over the neighborhood while his frantic mom chases behind him. But he just can't resist stomping through puddles, squishing fallen plums, and dancing in fresh paint. It isn't long before those white, high-jumping, fast-running shoes are speckled and spotted with every color of the rainbow. Dashka Slater's delightful, rhythmic text and Hiroe Nakata's jaunty illustrations are the perfect match for this playful tale of fun, sun, and fabulous shoes!


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San Francisco Magazine

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).

Seattle Times

Imaginative language. . . upbeat pacing.

San Francisco Chronicle

[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.<

Nick Jr.

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.

Kirkus Reviews

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.

School Library Journal

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.

Booklist (Starred Review)

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.



"One of the best children's books of 2006!" 


Nick Jr. Magazine

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