The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes

by Eleri Glass, Ashley Spires
     
 

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The Red Shoes is now available in paperback! All of the shoes in the shoe store are plain and dull except for one pair: the apple red shoes, just waiting to be picked. The little girl knows that they are the shoes for her, but can she convince her mom? This cheerful tale is matched with charming illustrations that depict the fashions of the 1960s.

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The Red Shoes is now available in paperback! All of the shoes in the shoe store are plain and dull except for one pair: the apple red shoes, just waiting to be picked. The little girl knows that they are the shoes for her, but can she convince her mom? This cheerful tale is matched with charming illustrations that depict the fashions of the 1960s.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Hans Christian Andersen and ballet movies notwithstanding, the red shoes of this title carry no stern message. Holding her mother's hand, a narrator trudges reluctantly to a city shoe store: "My feet huff, puff/ like two tired trains." Spires (My Mom Loves Me More Than Sushi) deftly captures the girl's sour mood, which brightens when she spots the standout ruby slip-ons amid countless nondescript gray and brown numbers. That same muted palette, used predominantly, and several bird's-eye perspectives of exaggeratedly tall shoe-filled shelves emphasize her challenging task: persuading her mother (on so different a plane that her face is never seen) and a dour saleswoman to allow her to try on the "happy apples/ waiting to be picked." Spare text and 1960s fashions lend a subtle sophistication of bygone days when shopping trips required white gloves and dresses. Any child who's ever begged for the least sensible shoes in the store (and later worn them to bed) will definitely relate. Ages 4-8. (June)

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Shopping for shoes, a little girl knows that her mother will pick the practical, very dull, lace-ups. Even the palette that Spires uses is dark and drab, and the child's body language screams disappointment. But when she gets to the store, she sees the most wonderful pair of red shoes and wants them more than anything. "The red shoes are happy apples, waiting to be picked," the text reads. But moms don't tend to give in easily, and the youngster tries on dreary shoe after shoe after shoe. In the end, the bored clerk brings out the red shoes and the girl virtually flies through the air with delight. Mother and daughter have a special moment at tucking-in time, and readers see the little girl with the red shoes sticking out from under the covers. This sweet story will appeal to little girls who count shoes as something very important indeed.-Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781894965781
Publisher:
Simply Read Books
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt

From The Red Shoes, written by Eleri Glass, illustrated by Ashley Spires:

"My feet huff, puff

like two tired trains.

So many shoes

squatting on the shelves,

white and brown, lace-ups

and boots.

My eyes hunt,

my toes tingle.

They call me from the corner,

ruby whispers,

shiny silver giggles.

I slip my hands inside

and walk them across the shelf.

Sing a tiny shoe tune.

Mom picks up the lace-ups.

I pull on her hand.

'The Red ones, Mom.'"

Meet the Author

Eleri Glass is a traveling storyteller and poet. She grew up in New Zealand and came to Canada when she was eight. She currently lives in Vancouver, BC.

Ashley Spires has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and a Graduate Diploma in Illustration from Sheridan College. She is the creator of the Binky The Space Cat series of junior graphic novels, which have earned her numerous awards, including the Silver Birch Express and the Hackmatack. She is the illustrator of several picture books, including Penguin and the Cupcake, Ella's Umbrellas, and The Red Shoes; and has also both written and illustrated several, including Larf, Small Saul and The Most Magnificent Thing, which are known for providing readers, young and old, with a good laugh. She lives in Ladner, BC. Find out more at www.ashleyspires.com.

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