The Growing-up Feet

The Growing-up Feet

by Beverly Cleary, Dyanne Disalvo-ryan, DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
     
 

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Four-year-old twins Jimmy and Janet can't wait to grow up. So when they go off to get new shoes, they buy bright red boots that will s-t-r-e-t-c-h and grow along with them. "Catches the nuances of preschool concerns with extraordinary precision."—Kirkus Reviews.

Overview

Four-year-old twins Jimmy and Janet can't wait to grow up. So when they go off to get new shoes, they buy bright red boots that will s-t-r-e-t-c-h and grow along with them. "Catches the nuances of preschool concerns with extraordinary precision."—Kirkus Reviews.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"Cleary has created yet another charming and homey tale," said PW of this domestic yarn about a pair of twins and their new red boots. Ages 3-up. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The twins, Janet and Jimmy, are excited. Mom thinks their feet have grown enough that they need new shoes. A trip to the shoe store proves her wrong, so they get red boots instead. The twins don't want to take them off, even to go to bed. Unfortunately, it just doesn't want to rain, so they can't go stomping around in puddles in their new boots. Dad, however, comes to the rescue when he washes the car. It's an ordinary story, just right for young kids, and it is given a special charm by the pencil and watercolor illustrations. 1997 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-K Preschool twins Janet and Jimmy are disappointed when they go to the shoe store and learn that they haven't outgrown their old shoes yet; they had anticipated new shoes. When an offer of balloons doesn't ease their dismay, Mother buys boots for them instead. The boots are worn through dinner, bedtime, and breakfast. Outside in their boots, the twins are disappointed again, this time to find that there are no puddles to splash in. Now it's Daddy to the rescue; he makes puddles for the children as he washes the car. Alas, alas, the echoes here are not of Ramona, but of Dick and Jane. There is neither tension nor humor to catch a child's interest; the modest problems, if problems they are, get instant resolution from Mother and Daddy. Alas, too, for the endorsement of that common but deplorable American fix: if you're unhappy, I'll buy you something. The illustrations, in watercolors and pastel, are competent and pleasant, but curiously reflect the Dick-and-Jane ambiance of the textpants for Jimmy, skirts on Janet. Janet D. French, Centennial School District Libraries, Warminster, Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688154707
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.87(h) x 0.00(d)
Lexile:
AD540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Beverly Cleary is one of America's most popular authors. Born in McMinnville, Oregon, she lived on a farm in Yamhill until she was six and then moved to Portland. After college, as the children's librarian in Yakima, Washington, she was challenged to find stories for non-readers. She wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, inresponse to a boy's question, "Where are the books about kids like us?"

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the Amercan Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature.

Her Dear Mr. Henshaw was awarded the 1984 John Newbery Medal, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. In addition, her books have won more than thirty-five statewide awards based on the votes of her young readers. Her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations. Mrs. Cleary lives in coastal California.

DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan's books include Grandpa's Corner Store, City Green and Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen. She lives in Philadelphia.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Carmel, California
Date of Birth:
April 12, 1916
Place of Birth:
McMinnville, Oregon
Education:
B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1938; B.A. in librarianship, University of Washington (Seattle), 1939

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