New Shoes for Helen

New Shoes for Helen

by Ifeoma Onyefulu
     
 

Helen needs some special shoes for her aunty's wedding. She tries on all kinds of shoes at home, but some are too big and some are too small - and none of them are special sparkly shoes. So Helen and her mum take a trip to the market to see if they can find the perfect pair of shoes for Helen.

A simple and charming photographic book, introducing a first concept

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Overview

Helen needs some special shoes for her aunty's wedding. She tries on all kinds of shoes at home, but some are too big and some are too small - and none of them are special sparkly shoes. So Helen and her mum take a trip to the market to see if they can find the perfect pair of shoes for Helen.

A simple and charming photographic book, introducing a first concept familiar around the world (a first shoe-shopping trip), but in an Ethiopian village setting.

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847801289
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
07/26/2011
Series:
First Experiences Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Ifeoma Onyefulu was brought up in a traditional village in Eastern Nigeria. After completing a business management course, she trained as a photographer, contributing to a number of magazines. Ifeoma's highly acclaimed children's books are renowned for countering negative images of Africa by celebrating its traditional village life. Her work has been admired at many exhibitions. A is for Africa, her first book, was chosen as one of Child Education's Best Information Books and Junior Education's Best Books. She has twice won the Children's Africana Book Award: Best Book for Young Children in the USA for Here Comes Our Bride! in 2005 and Ikenna Goes to Nigeria in 2008. Ifeoma lives in London.

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