Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Shoe-la-la! Written by Karen Beaumont and illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Scholastic, 2011. $19.99 ages 3 and up
"Rows and rows!
These or those?
Up, up on our tippy toes.
Can't wait to choose new shoes.
I'm always on the lookout for books that my 'shoe-loving' Erin might appreciate. In this one, four little girls - Ashley, Claire, Emily, Kaitlyn - are off to find shoes to match the awesome attire they plan on wearing to an upcoming shindig.
If you look closely, you will see that their favorite and most exclusive shoe shop is found at the corner of Hightop and Oxford. What a place to put a shoe store, huh?? Or do you think that might be a little added wordplay by the most accomplished and creative LeUyen Pham?
Each of these young misses wants the perfect pair of shoes. Is it genetic? Do most women try on pair after pair after pair? It seems so with these friends. As variety is offered, and rejected, the pile grows and the experienced and attentive shoe salesman becomes even more exasperated. There appears to be nothing these girls aren't willing to try; he is adept at finding what might attract their attention.
They try stripes, polka dots, leopard spots...alas, closing time is upon them and they cannot make up their minds. The mountain is left for the salesman to return to the shelves, the girls head for home and a more concerted effort to find the right shoe...or create it! These ones are just right!
The rhythm and rhyme of the words, the glitter, the humor and the array of shoes that they might choose will have young fans poring over the pages. It's a great readaloud for those in love with dress-up and big girl shopping. The quick pace of the text, the bold color used and the unique personalities of the young ladies portrayed add to the fun for toddlers on up. It was great fun to look closely for the shoes that I might choose.