Sunday, August 2, 2015

Whose Shoe? by Eve Bunting -- OPTIONAL

Bunting, Eve Whose Shoe? illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier. PICTURE BOOK. Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), 2015. $16.99. Content: G.

Mouse finds someone's missing shoe, and although he would love to keep it, he knows it's better to return it to its rightful owner. But every animal he asks has different shoe preferences -- and none of those preferences fits this particular shoe.

The illustrations are lovely, and the story has a great message about how finders shouldn't always be keepers unless they're sure the item they've found is truly ready for a new owner. While the rhyming works for the most part, it definitely has a few awkward and/or sing-songy sections. I'm also not fond of the elephant's statement that she prefers to wear very tight high heels because they make her ankles look "trim" and her legs look "really slim." It's one thing if she thinks they are pretty or fancy or fun to walk in, but wearing them simply because they make her look less fat? Hmm. I prefer to wait as long as possible before giving my little girl readers body image issues, thank you very much.

Pre-K, EL (k-3) -- OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Caryn

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