New Shoes
New Shoes
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Annotation: Follows a young child and the child's mother as they shop for new shoes.
Catalog Number: #160814
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-265752-6 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-1266-4
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-265752-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-1266-8
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018946233
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
It's always fun to look for new shoes! Raschka takes a common experience and personalizes it by employing the visual perspective of a young child. The front matter shows bare feet, as if a child is looking down on them. A mother puts on socks, then some old shoes. The child points out the holes in the shoes, necessitating a trip to the shoe store. Measuring shows another reason to get new shoes e child's feet have grown. The book maintains the child's view throughout, so only the lower part of the store window is visible. Hands reach up to choose footwear to try on. The fair-skinned child is not identified as male or female, and the shoes are not gender-specific. Shoes belonging to a friend, Emma, are pictured as well as her brown-skinned hands and legs. The text is simplistic, but the page design, along with the loose, amiable watercolor-and-gouache illustrations, elevates the book. Vibrant and full of energy, the pictures fully engage the reader as a participant in the story.
Kirkus Reviews
A routine but noteworthy event is seen through a preschooler's eyes.The perspective is literally that of the child narrator throughout: a view of chubby legs, round knees, and pale toes—and a pair of shoes. The unseen owner of the toes informs readers: "Mommy puts on my socks. / Mommy puts on my old shoes." A chubby little hand points out the holes in the little green shoes into which a finger can fit, and the narrator observes (perhaps repeating Mommy's concern), "Dirt could get in. Or water." A grown-up hand holds the toddler's as the walking surface changes: It's a trip to the shoe store. "A man takes off my old shoes" and measures the sock-clad foot: "My feet / are bigger than before!" Readers then see a selection of new shoes, a small pointing finger, a couple of pairs tried on (first yellow, then red)—and, "I like them!" The narrator is eager to share the wonder of this new footwear with "Emma," and on the final page, a pair of brown legs and small feet in bright blue shoes join our narrator's familiar pink and white legs and small feet in (new) red shoes. Raschka's loose line and bright watercolor-and-gouache edge-to-edge illustrations are lively and sweet, perfectly suited to his subject.A delightfully important adventure for a very small person. (Picture book. 18 mos.-4)
Publishers Weekly
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)
School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-Gr 1 Who doesn't love getting new shoes? This simple joyous celebration of a trip to the shoe store is narrated by an anonymous young child. Raschka's signature watercolor-and-gouache illustrations depict only legs, feet, and hands to move the story along. "Mommy is going to put my shoes on me. Hee-hee." Not only do the shoes in question have holes in two places, but a quick measure at the store reveals that "My feet are bigger than before!" The narrator chooses two pairs to try: the first pair "are a little pinchy right there" but the red sneakers are comfy and perfect for running. The child can't wait to show the cherished new shoes to a friend. Short sentences, controlled vocabulary, and bold white print against a color-saturated background make this a perfect choice for preschoolers as well as new readers. This is also a great choice for kindergarten units on personal narrative. VERDICT A lovely, original book about a familiar rite of growing up, perfect for one-on-one and small group sharing. Barbara Auerbach, formerly at New York City Public Schools
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Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 113
Reading Level: 0.7
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 0.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 196177 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 190L
Guided Reading Level: I

Two-time Caldecott Medalist and New York Times–bestselling picture book creator Chris Raschka pays tribute to one of the most quintessential events of childhood—getting new shoes—in this boldly illustrated and inspiring book for the youngest reader.

When a young child discovers a hole in a sneaker, mother and child embark on a big childhood adventure—a trip to the store to pick out new shoes.

From having feet measured and making a selection to finally showing off the new shoes to a friend, this momentous child moment is treated with respect, excitement, and page-turning energy in a wonderfully age-appropriate picture book.

Caldecott Medalist and New York Times–bestselling picture book creator Chris Raschka joyfully captures the event from the child’s point of view. New Shoes is a preschool classic in the making.

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