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New Shoes
Contributor(s): Raschka, Christopher
ISBN: 0062657526     ISBN-13: 9780062657527
Publisher: Greenwillow
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: May 2018
Annotation: Follows a young child and their mother as they shop for new shoes.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Shoes; Fiction.
Shopping; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
- Juvenile Fiction | Clothing & Dress
- Juvenile Fiction | Health & Daily Living | Daily Activities
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2018055801
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 9.75" W x 0.75" (0.85 lbs) 32 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #3)
Children are often reminded to look up, not down at their feet while walking. Not so in this picture book that celebrates preschoolers' close connection to the ground. Raschka illustrates the book from the perspective of a child narrator, who looks down at his or her feet on a walk with Mommy to the shoe store to replace worn-out sneakers. The child's old ones, as we can see, "have a hole here. And a hole here. I can put my finger in. Hee-hee!" After being measured and trying a yellow pair that "are a little pinchy," the child chooses a red pair ("Comfy! I like them!") and eagerly shows them to a friend (whose feet we see wearing a pair of blue shoes). The watercolor and gouache illustrations in Raschka's signature loose style give a child's-eye view of each phase of shoe-shopping, with other characters' hands and feet (but never faces) entering and exiting the frame. Color-saturated backgrounds imply movement from one setting to another by changing from the tomato red of the floor at home to the mottled gray of a sidewalk, and so on, without needing to show detailed backgrounds. As in Yo! Yes? (rev. 5/93) and A Ball for Daisy (rev. 9/11), Raschka focuses on small moments of ordinary life that become significant: in this case, a young child who still needs help from adults practices self-reliance and makes independent choices. julie hakim azzam Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 February #4)

With deep, intuitive understanding of a child's perceptions, Caldecott Medalist Raschka explores the experience of buying new shoes. Readers see the child's legs and feet from above as the story is told in real time. Big, bold colors and free, rounded forms give the spreads inviting warmth. The child's old shoes have worn out ("Dirt could get in. Or water"), and they set off for the store, where feet get measured on a size chart. "My feet are bigger than before!" After trying on a yellow pair that's "a little pinchy," the child finds a red pair that is "comfy. I like them!" Raschka celebrates fully this small but important moment of getting the chance to choose something for oneself. It's the kind of book that might become a battered, dog-eared favorite—like a well-worn pair of shoes. Ages 4–8. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Assoc. (May)

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