Shoes: Their History in Words and Pictures

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The Yues join forces in their fifth nonfiction book for children to provide an absorbing overview of a familiar subject- shoes. In this comprehensive volume on the history of shoes, Charlotte and David Yue walk us through such subjects as the earliest shoe, the social and political significance of shoes in history, ancient and modern shoe design, shoe manufacturing, shoes in legend and literature, and what shoes reveal about their wearers. A complete resource on a subject with ...

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Overview

The Yues join forces in their fifth nonfiction book for children to provide an absorbing overview of a familiar subject- shoes. In this comprehensive volume on the history of shoes, Charlotte and David Yue walk us through such subjects as the earliest shoe, the social and political significance of shoes in history, ancient and modern shoe design, shoe manufacturing, shoes in legend and literature, and what shoes reveal about their wearers. A complete resource on a subject with which children already are familiar.

Relates the history and lore of many of the kinds of shoes worn by men, women, and children throughout the world.

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"A smartly designed, profusely illustrated history of shoes, their lore and styles. . . . This is an enchanting book." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Many books have appeared recently reviewing the history of shoes. This book stands apart by taking a more chronological approach, from the earliest rope sandals, through the popular styles of Rome, the medieval world and on into the twentieth century. The interplay of politics and footwear is fascinating, from the royal decrees concerning acceptable styles to the excesses of the French court. Marie Antoinette predated Imelda Marcos in amassing an enormous wardrobe of shoes; she required an index to keep track of them all. I was smugly pleased to learn that the early American colonists eschewed the foppish styles popular in Europe at the time. The book does not limit the text to European styles; the impact of Asian trade routes on world fashion is also discussed. Throughout, black and white illustrations clarify the text-this was the first time I truly understood the function of a form of shoe protection called a "patten", as a drawing of a patten and shoe appears below the paragraph describing them. A thorough bibliography and complete index are included.
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Gr 6-8Those sensibly padded work shoes, feathery mules, or expensive loafers you're wearing may reveal clues to your personality. So what could we guess about Marie Antoinette, who had to index her huge shoe wardrobe, or Napoleon's Josephine, with her 521 pairs of dainty footwear? Filled with vignettes such as these and interesting, little-known facts, this book traces the history of shoes, but in a much more readable style than its somewhat dry title suggests. Readers learn, for example, how Roman emperors rewarded commoners with the privilege of wearing special red or purple ceremonial sandals, how medieval laws regulated the length of shoes' toes, and how wearing aristocratic shoes was potentially dangerous during the French Revolution. The short chapters are chronologically arranged, providing a good historical overview of classical to modern times with just the right scope for the intended audience. Ample black-and-white drawings illustrate almost every style of footwear mentioned in the text. A complete index and extensive bibliography are included, with an indication of books that might interest younger readers. Using the chapter about shoe detectives as a connection, this title could be paired nicely in a booktalk with Donna Jackson's The Bone Detectives (Little, Brown, 1996).Leigh Ann Jones, Carroll Middle School, Southlake, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395726679
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.78 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

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    I really leatn many, many things about shoes. Excellent book.

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