Holly's Red Boots

Overview

Cozy, creative, and interactive, this picture book is certain to charm the lap-sit crowd.

It's finally snowing! Holly wants to play outside, but Mom says Holly must wear her red boots. Holly and her cat, Jasper, decide to search for everything red. They find a red car, a red hat, and a red bathrobe, but no red boots. When Holly finally finds them, the snow has melted; but her boots are still perfect for ...

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Overview

Cozy, creative, and interactive, this picture book is certain to charm the lap-sit crowd.

It's finally snowing! Holly wants to play outside, but Mom says Holly must wear her red boots. Holly and her cat, Jasper, decide to search for everything red. They find a red car, a red hat, and a red bathrobe, but no red boots. When Holly finally finds them, the snow has melted; but her boots are still perfect for splashing in the puddles left behind.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
When it starts to snow, Holly decides that she and her cat Jasper should go out and make a "great big Snowman." Her mom says she must wear her red boots. So she begins the search for them. Each time she spots something red, we must turn the page in anticipation. And each time it is not the boots, but something else to wear or take outside. The boots finally turn up in the last possible place. By the time Holly has sorted her left foot from her right, to her dismay the snow has melted. But she and her mother can still enjoy using the boots to splash in the puddles. Splashy paintings fill the large pages with youthful interpretations of the objects Holly finds. There' is exuberance in the pattern of the Mexican hat, authority in the double page of the red car with the wind stretching out Holly's scarf. Jasper makes a lively companion in the hunt. The adventures are lighthearted, but the sense of design is sophisticated. Don't bypass the end pages. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

Eager to get out into the freshly fallen snow with her cat, Holly heads for the door in her slippers. Mom playfully reminds her that she needs to wear her red boots, and the child hunts throughout the house for them. A toy car and Mexican hat fit Holly's needs (the car will keep her slippers off the ground and the hat will prevent snow from falling on her feet). But Mom is insistent on boots so the youngster looks high and low for hints of red until she discovers them under the stairs. Rushing outside, she finds that the snow has already melted. In a satisfying conclusion, Holly's mom shows her the fun that boots and puddles can create. The bright, childlike art uses multiple perspectives and bold swatches of color to portray the freckled preschooler, her patient mom, and the chaotic house search. Youngsters who tend to take their time with any task and like the "search" as much as the "find" will giggle at Holly's antics, and older readers will appreciate the inventiveness of her search.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI

Kirkus Reviews
Holly wants to make a snowman, but cannot find her red boots to keep her feet dry. "I promised my slippers I would show them the snow!" she explains to her mom as she gets ready to step out in her green bunny slippers. With broad strokes of the brightest and deepest colors, the illustrations effortlessly convey Holly's infectious enthusiasm for life as she and Jasper the cat look at everything red they can find-and there are a lot of ordinary and extraordinary red items to find. Her red toy car is big enough to carry Holly and Jasper, but it won't keep her feet dry, and the decorative sombrero she climbed up to get in the closet is so big it just about swallows her up. Other dress-up gear will bring the giggles out, especially the little red socks that fit right on Jasper's ears. Holly will make everyone smile, even after she finds the red boots, figures out which is the right and left foot and discovers the snow has all melted into deliciously splashable puddles. The seamless combination of art and text will be rollicking fun for young readers. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823421589
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 808,728
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Francesca Chessa has illustrated dozens of picture books for children, including several of her own. Her art has been exhibited in museums worldwide. She lives in Italy with her family.

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