Shoe Magic

Shoe Magic

by Nikki Grimes, Terry Widener
     
 

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NIKKI GRIMES is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include the ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, as well as the novels Jazmin's Notebook, Dark Sons, and The Road to Paris, all of them Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books. She won the Coretta Scott King Author Award for

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NIKKI GRIMES is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include the ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, as well as the novels Jazmin's Notebook, Dark Sons, and The Road to Paris, all of them Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books. She won the Coretta Scott King Author Award for Bronx Masquerade. Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California. Visit Nikki at  www.nikkigrimes.com.

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Children's Literature
The shoe rack presents kids with a choice of footwear because, "Who you grow/Up to be/Depends on/The steps you take." This collection of poems celebrating life's promises and choices begins with Marc wearing tap shoes, and the poem is as lively and sprightly as a tap dance. "Soft Soles" tells of Kyle's plan to follow in his dad's footsteps and be a nurse, while "Work Boots" finds Blayke with a toolbox and a plan to fix the world. In "Running Shoes" the dream of a child is to be in the Olympics, but he cannot afford expensive running shoes. His doubts are assuaged by his dad's whisper, "It's not the shoes/That do the runnin'/It's the feet." The illustrations are delightful and the book offers promise to children, encouraging them to set their sights above the obvious. A good book for a parent or caregiver to share one-on-one with a youngster. 2000, Orchard Books/Grolier,
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Using their footwear as points of departure, Grimes presents a cycle of poems about kids' everyday lives and dreams for the future. Salena's sandals conjure warm-weather pleasures ("Summer picnics/At the beach,/Dragonflies/In easy reach,/Cruising town/In sandaled feet"), while Talisha's toe shoes point to a career in ballet ("Your tattered pink/Tricks those who think/You're too frail to hold form"). "Slippers" offers a fitting benediction at the end of a child's busy day: "Rest your soles./Spread your toes./Curl, breathe deep./There now, Dreamer,/Hush-/Sleep." Widener's exuberant acrylic paintings capture the joys and hopes expressed in each of the poems. A multicultural cast of boys and girls engage in sports activities, perform onstage, and enjoy the outdoors. Their elongated arms and legs seem to be in constant motion and make an interesting contrast to the rounded shape of their faces. This collection clearly celebrates its child readers.-Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531302866
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.04(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

NIKKI GRIMES is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include the ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, as well as the novels Jazmin's Notebook, Dark Sons, and The Road to Paris, all of them Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books. She won the Coretta Scott King Author Award for Bronx Masquerade. Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California. Visit Nikki at www.nikkigrimes.com.

Terry Widener is an award-winning illustrator whose picture books include Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man (a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book) and The Babe & I (a recipient of the California Young Reader Medal), both by David A. Adler, and Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings (a Junior Library Guild Selection) by Deborah Hopkinson. Mr. Widener lives with his family in McKinney, Texas.

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