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Hello, shoes!
Blos, Joan W.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 20 x 24 cm
A little boy and his grandfather search the house for his favorite shoes and celebrate together when he puts them on by himself for the first time.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 48643.
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A little boy and his grandfather search the house for his favorite shoes and celebrate together when he puts them on by himself for the first time.

Author Notes

Joan W. Blos was born in New York City on December 9, 1928. She received a bachelor's degree from Vassar College and a master's degree in psychology from the City University of New York. She wrote many children's books including In the City, People Read, Joe Finds a Way, and Just Think written with author Betty Miles. A Gathering of Days received the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award. She also taught at the University of Michigan and Bank Street College of Education. She died on October 12, 2017 at the age of 88.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 1^-3. The smiling affection between a toddler and his grandfather is at the center of this joyful picture book. The simple story and warm pastel pictures also teach vocabulary, counting, and colors. The boy loses his best sandal shoes, and he and Grandpa search everywhere for them: in the boy's room with all his toys; in the closet with his yellow raincoat, his red hat, and his blue jacket; and so on. When they find the shoes at last, the boy buckles them up himself, for the first time, and he and Grandpa sing and dance all the way to the park. Words and pictures are just right for toddlers and grandparents to share. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Clearly speaking to a child's everyday experience, Blos (Bedtime!) and debut illustrator Boyajian follow a boy and his grandfather on a search for the boy's favorite shoes, a pair of red buckled sandals. As they comb through the house, they come across all kinds of interesting things: in the boy's room, for example, "they found four locomotives, three freight-carrying flat cars, two crisscross warning signals and one caboose with a bell. But no sandal shoes." (Other locations provide similar, understated lessons in colors and prepositions.) When the boy finally finds his shoes, he is so excited that he determines to buckle them all by himself for the first timeÄa milestone that the grandfather commemorates with a song and a dance. This sweet slip of a story should strike a chord with very small children, who will understand the seriousness of the boy's quest and appreciate the grandfather's respect for it. Boyajian's straightforward pastel renderings use a variety of formatsÄfull-page spreads, vignettes, spot artÄto capture a warm and familiar domestic world, where the relationship between grandpa and grandson is as comfortable as an old pair of shoes. Ages 18 mos.-3 yrs. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-This story reflects everyday moments and accomplishments in the life of a child as well as a sense of joy and togetherness. A boy can't find his red sandals with buckles on the sides. He and his grandpa search everywhere, finding many interesting objects, but no shoes. Finally, they sit down in rocking chairs to think about where else to look but the boy has trouble rocking because his sandals are underneath. He puts them on and even figures out how to buckle them for the first time, and Grandpa sings a song to celebrate. The simply rendered pastel illustrations are reminiscent of the artwork of Leo Politi in his Song of the Swallows (Scribner, 1987) and Marc Simont in James Thurber's Many Moons (Harcourt, 1990). Different types of footgear playfully adorn the endpapers. Children will enjoy listening to this tale as they help name and point out items throughout the search. Combine this story with Mem Fox's Shoes from Grandpa (Orchard, 1992), Elizabeth Winthop's Shoes (HarperCollins, 1986), and Ann Morris's Shoes, Shoes, Shoes (Lothrop, 1995) for a perfect fit at storytime.-Susan M. Moore, Louisville Free Public Library, KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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