New Shoes for Helen


Helen needs new shoes to wear at her auntie's wedding. But what kind of shoes will Helen like?

Collect all the First Experiences books by Ifeoma Onyefulu:

Deron Goes to Nursery School
Grandma Comes to Stay
New Shoes for Helen
Omer's Favorite Place

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Helen needs new shoes to wear at her auntie's wedding. But what kind of shoes will Helen like?

Collect all the First Experiences books by Ifeoma Onyefulu:

Deron Goes to Nursery School
Grandma Comes to Stay
New Shoes for Helen
Omer's Favorite Place

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the First Experiences series:

These are ideal resources that offer a real glimpse into what life is like for other children and families in other parts of the world, in terms of things that we have in common but that are different, such as food, family, education, animals/pets and much more.
Early Years Educator Magazine (UK)

Kirkus Reviews
Buying new shoes is a peak experience for many little girls, but selecting shoes for a wedding takes the cake. Helen, an Ethiopian preschooler, tries on several pairs of shoes in bright colors: red patent-leather Mary Janes, yellow thongs, shiny black pumps with bows and brown sandals with shell decorations. She isn't satisfied until she takes a trip to the market with her mother and brother. There, Helen finds her dream shoes, intense turquoise, with rhinestone embellishments. While some adults may look askance at the child's choice, she is convinced that they will look just right for her auntie's wedding. The photos of middle-class urban life are a sharp and welcome contrast to many images of East Africa, but they suffer from drab design: The thin pinkish frames surrounding them don't provide distinctive contrast from the generous white borders. Meant for the youngest readers, such lines as "Will Helen ever find the shoes she likes?" or "Lucky Helen!" sound stilted. All in all, this effort lacks the excitement of the author's photo essays set in Nigeria, making this an additional choice for those looking for easy books about different countries. Onyefulu stresses the similarities between kids in Africa and those in Britain or the United States in very simple language, but the quotidian treatment doesn't give the subject enough pizzazz. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847801289
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Series: First Experiences Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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