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Two shoes, blue shoes, new shoes
Fitz-Gibbon, Sally, 1949-
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Publication Information:
Markham, Ont. : Fitzhenry & Whiteside, [2002]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.9 0.5 64146.

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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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What can be better than a new pair of shoes? Not just any new pair of shoes, but new, blue shoes. A brand new pair of shoes can hop and skip to school better than anything. While they are at it, these new shoes can race and swing on a rope and tap out a tune. And if you really let them get going, new shoes can run away with your imagination and take you on a wild and crazy ride.Nobody is as proud of her shiny new footwear as this little girl, who bounces and dances her way through a magical adventure that only two, new, blue shoes can find.Author Sally Fitz-Gibbon has captured the heart of a child in this roller-coaster ride of a story. Her verse sings off the page in a lilting rhythm that will get little feet tapping away in time. New Jersey artist Farida Zaman uses New York's Central Park as a backdrop for her lively illustrations, an irresistible blend of warmly familiar and ever-so-slightly absurd.

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Booklist Review

K-Gr. 1. A young girl races out of her front door sporting her new, blue shoes. She is dressed for anything, and her attitude matches (Two shoes, blue shoes, new shoes / See what I can do, shoes! ) Children will follow the girl through Zaman's lively cityscapes as they sing along with Fitz-Gibbon's catchy poem. After a few pages, the girl's adventures take a turn toward the nonsensical. She encounters strange animals (Riding on a whale, shoes, Find a purple frog, shoes! ), and she reaches faraway places (Dancing on the moon, shoes, Bouncing on a cloud, shoes ). The rhythmic lines and the bright, double-page spreads capture the energy and imagination of a child heading off to--where else but school! --Kathy Broderick Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

A new pair of blue Mary Janes does a lot more than put spring in the step of a girl heading off for a day of school in the big city. Her footwear inspires some outlandish flights of fancy. No sooner does the narrator cross a busy street than she imagines herself "Swinging from a rope, shoes,/ With an antelope, shoes!" and even "Dancing on the moon, shoes,/ With a blue baboon, shoes!" Zaman covers every inch of the spreads with bright, boisterous watercolors that bounce right along with Fitz-Gibbon's (The Patchwork House) sing-song rhyme. Her paintings portray the realistic, exciting bustle of urban life (where grownups in short skirts and high heels stop at a coffee cart on the way to work) as adeptly as the gleefully improbable scenarios of the heroine's imagination (hitching a ride with a blue whale in a city park pond). Her artwork often provides transitions to the sometimes disconnected rhyme (as when the antelope leaps across a stream in a park that seems to feed into a pond where the whale frolics). A fun excursion. Ages 4-6. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Starting with "Two shoes, blue shoes, new shoes,/See what I can do, shoes!" this New York City tale depicts the exhilaration a child experiences when she dons her recently purchased footwear and goes about discovering the joy of happy feet. Though she appears unhurried as she skips, walks, swings from a rope, rides on a whale, etc., readers discover at the conclusion that she has a definite destination and very good reason for wearing new shoes-"Going off to school." Childlike watercolors dominated by shades of blue, orange, and red show the energetic youngster, tresses flying, as she learns all the things her new shoes can do. The rhyming couplets are printed over the double-page illustrations, but the bold, dark type is easy to read. This title is similar in tenor to Susan Rollings's New Shoes, Red Shoes (Orchard, 2000), but both books will be popular with children to whom new shoes are so important.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.