Magic Shoelaces

Overview

Matthew just can't keep his shoelaces tied and is always tripping up. When the magic man offers to swap Matthew's laces for a magic pair, he thinks his wish has come true. However, he soon realises that there are disadvantages to laces that won't come undone.

Matthew is unable to keep his shoelaces tied until he trades them for a magic pair, but the magic laces refuse to untie unless he can pass them on to a new victim.

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Overview

Matthew just can't keep his shoelaces tied and is always tripping up. When the magic man offers to swap Matthew's laces for a magic pair, he thinks his wish has come true. However, he soon realises that there are disadvantages to laces that won't come undone.

Matthew is unable to keep his shoelaces tied until he trades them for a magic pair, but the magic laces refuse to untie unless he can pass them on to a new victim.

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Evening Echo/Irish Examiner
A boy who hasn’t mastered the art of tying his shoelaces is presented with the chance to swap them for a set of magic laces that never come undone. Of course he accepts the offer, but finds that with a little bit of practice his own laces might have been less troublesome than ones which never allow you to take off your shoes. A humorous reminder that quick-fixes are rarely the long-term solution.
Children's Literature
Oh, the indignity of it all! What is a young boy to do when his shoelaces refuse to stay tied? Matthew just cannot seem to tie his shoes so they stay tied, and his sister Jessica keeps reminding him that "practice makes perfect." Practice appears to be doing nothing for Matthew who, after being taunted by the neighborhood bullies about his untied laces, decides to just take them out. After all, if you have no laces, they cannot cause you trouble, right? Not really, as Matthew finds out when his shoes flop off. He ends up carrying them and then steps on a bee. Matthew wishes that his shoelaces would not always come untied, and guess what? A magical clown materializes and trades Matthew's old laces for a pair of special ones that NEVER come untied. This should be the end of Matthew's problems, but readers will discover that often times what appears to be a good idea is not, and that practice, however excruciating it may seem at the time, really does make perfect. An appropriate choice of book for the preschool/early elementary school set, as the large type and wacky illustrations will keep them enthralled. Recommended. 2005, Child's Play Ltd., Ages 4 to 8.
—Cindy L. Carolan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904550518
  • Publisher: Child's Play-International
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Series: Child's Play Library
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,293,955
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.65 (w) x 10.55 (h) x 0.16 (d)

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