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Shoes, by Elizabeth Winthrop and William Joyce
When Monkey started walking everywhere, we knew she would need good walking shoes. My mother came to visit at about that time, and she went to the mall with us to find some sneakers for Monkey. Monkey’s grandma bought her two pairs of shoes that day; white sandals with small flowers, and sneakers that were purple and hot pink. Much to my surprise, Monkey loved trying on lots of shoes, and when the sandals fit, she refused to put them back in the box. She clutched them tightly in her hands, while we pushed her stroller around and tried on more shoes. Since then, Monkey’s grandmas have gotten her more sandals, sneakers, and- arguably her favorite- boots. I suspect boots (both rain and snow boots) are her favorites, because they’re so easy for her to put on by herself. Every morning, Monkey pulls on her boots, grabs her backpack or a purse, and heads for the door, proclaiming “Let’s GO!”
When we first realized that Monkey liked shoes, we picked up this book for her. Shoes, by Elizabeth Winthrop and William Joyce depicts four children using all the proper shoes for playing inside and outside, throughout the year and in all kinds of weather. The pictures are not in one of my favorite styles, but they are very cute. I really like that the whole book rhymes, which of course makes reading aloud a bit easier, and keeps Monkey’s attention. She loves sitting in our laps and pointing at the shoes on each page. This celebration of shoes will be fun for all small children, from beginning walkers to experienced tree climbers. I give it four eggs.
Ariel’s Two Cents: While Bean is not as taken with footwear as Monkey - her obsession is socks and not on her feet either, on her hands, strange child - I could see this being a hit in our household as well! Its an easy word for little mouths to say, and a fun one to boot. Footwear pun!
Winthrop, E., & Joyce, W. (1986). Shoes. Columbus, OH: Newfield Publications.
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