Red Dancing Shoes

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"A little African-American girl loves her new shoes so much that she is compelled to dance through her neighborhood, showing them off to her friends and family. When she trips and gets the shoes dirty, she thinks they are ruined, but her favorite aunt restores their 'magic.'...An emotionally convincing slice of life."—Horn Book.

Delighted with her shiny new red shoes, a little girl dances through town to show them off to everyone she knows.

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Overview

"A little African-American girl loves her new shoes so much that she is compelled to dance through her neighborhood, showing them off to her friends and family. When she trips and gets the shoes dirty, she thinks they are ruined, but her favorite aunt restores their 'magic.'...An emotionally convincing slice of life."—Horn Book.

Delighted with her shiny new red shoes, a little girl dances through town to show them off to everyone she knows.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Returning from a trip, Grandmama brings presents for her family. ``But my present was the most special. It was a pair of the finest, reddest, shiniest shoes that anyone had ever seen,'' declares the likable African American girl who narrates this unassuming yet agreeable story. Impatient to try out--and show off--her gift, the child takes a walk with her older sister. But when she starts running toward her great-aunt Nen's house, she takes a tumble, which leaves her shoes ``sticky and blotchy and muddy.'' The child is devastated until Nen, predictably, restores them to their pristine condition. Patrick's narrative gets a big boost from Ransome's ( How Many Stars in the Sky? ; All the Lights in the Night ) expressive oil paintings, which convincingly impart the joy, fleeting disappointment and gratitude this youngster experiences during an eventful afternoon. The full page, bordered illustrations are complemented by smaller spot art beneath each page of text--a pitcher of lemonade promises relief, a squirrel observes the narrator's perambulations. Ages 4-up. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
This book tells of a girl who gets red shoes, falls down, gets them dirty, and gets them cleaned up. Slice of life stories may be authentic, but they aren't up to the standards set by solid contributors like Walter Dean Meyers, Eloise Greenfield, Patricia McKissack, and Ashley Bryan.
Hazel Rochman
Ransome's oil paintings present beautifully individualized smiling portraits and an upbeat view of a loving African American family and middle-class community. Unfortunately, the story is bland. A little girl loves the red dancing shoes her grandmother brings back from a trip. Dancing round her neighborhood, showing off her shoes, the girl falls in a puddle and gets the shoes dirty. Her loving great-aunt cleans off the mud, and everyone is smiling and happy again. As the Pinkneys show in "Back Home" , it doesn't detract from self-esteem to show that even the happiest families have some conflict. Something has to happen; there has to be more than a mood. What children will like about this book are Ransome's vital portraits of real people.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688103934
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/1993
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.27 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Patrick

Denise Lewis Patrick has written more than twenty books for children. Before writing full-time, she worked in publishing as a staff writer and editor. Denise has been telling stories since she was eight years old. She remembers, as a child, binding her hand-written manuscripts with a needle and thread to create her very own books.

Ms. Patrick lives on Staten Island with her husband and their four sons. This is her first book for middle-grade readers.

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