Birdie's Big-Girl Shoes

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Overview

Birdie carefully slipped her little toes into one shoe,
then slid into the other.

She looked at herself in the mirror...
and gasped.

Birdie can't wait to be just like her mom. She loves wearing jewelry, spritzing perfume bottles, and dressing up in front of the mirror. But more than anything, Birdie fantasizes about her mother's fancy ...

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Overview

Birdie carefully slipped her little toes into one shoe,
then slid into the other.

She looked at herself in the mirror...
and gasped.

Birdie can't wait to be just like her mom. She loves wearing jewelry, spritzing perfume bottles, and dressing up in front of the mirror. But more than anything, Birdie fantasizes about her mother's fancy high-heels. She can't wait to try them on and do all the things she likes to do wearing beautiful "big-girl shoes."

Little girls will love walking with Birdie as she spends a day in her mother's shoes, but in the end they may find that, like Birdie, they like their "barefoot shoes" best of all.

With playful watercolors and clever textured cut-paper designs, this precious picture book will speak to every little girl who longs to be a "big-girl".

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Is there a little girl anywhere in America who does not yearn just a bit, like Birdie, to wear her mother's shoes? And Birdie's mother has an incredible collection, all lovingly described by Birdie, who insists she is ready to wear them. Birdie pictures all the great things she could do in high heels. Promising to be careful, she begs to wear a pair, ". . . just for a little while." They make her feel like a movie star. But they do not work the way she imagined. Kicking them off, she finds that she does much better barefoot. She decides she is not ready for big girl shoes yet; "…she liked her beautiful barefoot shoes most of all." Solid color pages are backdrops for the action with no scenery needed, just shoes of all kinds and our heroine with few props. Watercolors are applied to sketches with vigor, while the clothes and shoes that keep our attention are created with wildly patterned collage. The end pages offer a display of scores of fancy footwear and boxes. Large type that changes color and shape adds to the narrative humor. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS—Doe-eyed Birdie, a budding five-year-old fashionista, is her ultra-stylish mother's eager wardrobe assistant, selecting jewelry, sunglasses, perfume, and shoes for Mom to wear each morning. When her mother finally grants Birdie permission to try on her closet full of "big-girl shoes," Birdie is thrilled. But she soon discovers that feeling glamorous in Mom's stilettos doesn't combine well with dancing or turning cartwheels, concluding that her "beautiful barefoot shoes" are still the best choice for her. (Practical girl, that Birdie!) The bold, stylized watercolor and collage illustrations, paired with spare, simple text, are set against ample white space and burst with bright, attractive textile patterns. A light confection for the preschool dress-up set.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT
Kirkus Reviews
The sophistication (and agony) of high heels receives a tongue-in-cheek treatment when young Birdie realizes feminine fashion comes with a painful price. Emulation is the sincerest form of flattery when Birdie begs to dress up in her mother's swank shoes. The child's successful plea leads to unintended consequences: Playing is nearly impossible when tottering in towering pumps. Accordingly, a blistered Birdie chooses barefoot comfort over style. Text and art successfully merge throughout, mom's extensive shoe collection of "crocodile pumps and her summer peep-toes and all her strappy sandals" dominating each spread. Varying fonts enhance the light narrative. Rim's bold, retro-styled watercolor collages maintain focus on the disproportionate characters, and textured accents provide spunk. It's too bad mom won't follow her daughter's lead (she wears stilettos even when playing tea party) but the family dynamics are spot-on. Kick back and relax for some fashionable fun. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316044707
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Birdie Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 118,583
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sujean Rim is best known for her signature watercolor designs on the popular DailyCandy Web site. Originally a shoe and accessory designer, Sujean has been commissioned by clients including Tiffany & Co., Barneys, Elle Decor, and Target. She illustrated the DAILY CANDY A to Z: Insider's Guide to the Sweet Life and The Daily Candy Lexicon book, and she has designed a number of book covers. She lives with her husband in New York. Visit her online at www.sujeanrim.com.

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    Charming book that looks great on the Nook Color

    This is a wonderful book to share with my twin nieces who just got a Nook Color.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Great book

    I havent used this on my nook, but we have it in hard back and my girls love it ! Probably best for under 7.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Ccool

    Yoi should reaad thhiss boook

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    Posted February 24, 2012

    GGOOOOOOD

    Love

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Okay

    I thought it was for older kids when I bought it. Luckly I have a yougher cousin and liked it. It is not a very origal idea however

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Love it!

    This is my girls favorite. Is great for all ages that still like to be read to they have a great time pickimg out their favorite shoes. Maybe up to 10 or 11.

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