I'm Gonna Climb a Mountain in My Patent Leather Shoes

I'm Gonna Climb a Mountain in My Patent Leather Shoes

by Marilyn Singer, Lynne Avril
     
 

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Sadie is all set for her family’s rustic camping trip—she’s packed her favorite patent leather shoes, ballerina skirt, and other stylish accessories in her sparkly suitcase—everything a girl needs in order to have an adventure! Especially when she thinks Bigfoot is on the loose. Along with her brother, Sadie searches for clues, crawls…  See more details below

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Sadie is all set for her family’s rustic camping trip—she’s packed her favorite patent leather shoes, ballerina skirt, and other stylish accessories in her sparkly suitcase—everything a girl needs in order to have an adventure! Especially when she thinks Bigfoot is on the loose. Along with her brother, Sadie searches for clues, crawls through a cave, swims down a river, and climbs a mountain. Will she be able to catch the mysterious monster with her lasso of pearls and magic gold wand? Sadie proves that girly girls can get their hands dirty and be brave, too!
Lyrical text is complemented by bright and lively illustrations, and Sadie’s fearlessness will leave readers ready to grab their satin capes and head out on their own adventures!

Praise for I'm Gonna Climb a Mountain...
"This enthusiastic take on girl power embraces having it all—with both strength and style."
--School Library Journal

"Singer's story crackles with humor and attitude, its driving rhythms making it an infectious read-aloud. Avril's busy illustrations, using pastel chalk over a pencil outline, display a range of bright colors and have a slightly dreamy cast, as if they came right out of Sadie's head. So can a girl rough it in ruffles? Silly question."
--Kirkus Reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Krisan Murphy
I'm Gonna Climb a Mountain in My Patent Leather Shoes is a rhyming picture book about Sadie, a daring young girl whose imagination and creativity are boundless on a family camping trip. A bale of frizzy red hair does not slow down this energetic girly-girl. She packs her new suitcase all by herself for the trip, planning a wardrobe and accessories for all of the adventures she will have. Into her bag Sadie throws lacy socks, fancy ruffled pants, a ballerina skirt, a purple party bag, a royal satin cape, gloves that once were white (due to outdoor berry picking), flowered underwear, seven strings of pearls, a shiny silver crown, a magic wand of gold, pink pajamas with feet and, of course, her patent leather shoes. Sadie and her brother play at catching Bigfoot out in the starry night, when suddenly a huge shadow approaches. Her eyes are huge and she’s prepared to defend her brother when she finds her dad approaching with a blanket over his head. The pastel chalk and pencil outline illustrations are charming and capture the essence of this lively little girl. Reviewer: Krisan Murphy; Ages 4 to 7.
School Library Journal
07/01/2014
PreS—The main character of this rhyming picture book, Sadie, combines her love for ultra-feminine fashion and the great outdoors in one big family camping trip: "Today we're going camping./Can't wait til we get there!/I'm thrilled about the things we'll do…/…and what I'm going to wear!" Pastel chalk and pencil outlines keep the visuals soft and delicate, while the text portrays Sadie as empowered and adventurous. She pitches the pup tent in ruffled pants, hunts for Bigfoot in a ballerina skirt, swims in her flowered underwear, and fantasizes about capturing Bigfoot by lassoing him with her seven strings of pearls. Along with the threat of Bigfoot, her little brother is never far out of the picture vacillating between frustration and wonder at his sister's unique and bold take on the camping experience. This enthusiastic take on girl power embraces having it all—with both strength and style.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-16
A little girl takes all her feminine favorites on a camping trip. Peppy Sadie, who has impossibly big red hair, narrates her adventure in bouncy iambic verse. "Today we're going camping," she declares, and lickety-split she starts packing. She'll absolutely need her pink ballet costume, her patent leather shoes and her tiara, for starters. Even though Sadie's decked out in frills, she can still help pitch the pup tent and help with other chores, like gathering huckleberries. Things go a bit amiss when a chipmunk makes off with the purple party bag that Sadie was using to gather the berries, and her white gloves get dirty. But no matter; Sadie's imagination takes over. As she climbs the mountain in those patent leather shoes, she pictures herself capturing Bigfoot with her seven strings of pearls and swimming in the river in her flowered underwear. (She forgot her bathing suit.) That night, with only the campfire to illuminate them, Sadie pretends to protect the family from Bigfoot, played by her brother with a growl and a frown. Singer's story crackles with humor and attitude, its driving rhythms making it an infectious read-aloud. Avril's busy illustrations, using pastel chalk over a pencil outline, display a range of bright colors and have a slightly dreamy cast, as if they came right out of Sadie's head. So can a girl rough it in ruffles? Silly question. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419703362
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/02/2014
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,126,413
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Marilyn Singer is an award-winning author who has published over 80 books for children, including Mirror Mirror and the bestselling Tallulah series. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Lynne Avril is the illustrator of the bestselling Amelia Bedelia series and Every Cowgirl series. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
 

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