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A little hippo shops for some new shoes

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A little hippo shops for some new shoes

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Children's Literature - Sue Poduska
The main character of this whimsical look into shoes is a young hippo that goes shoe shopping with her mother. Along the way, she learns how many different kinds of shoes there are and how difficult that makes the decision regarding which pair to buy. From kinds of decoration to gender; from types of closure to lights and taps; from open tops to sports springs, there are many types of shoes. The hippo also learns there are criteria, such as fit, appropriate use, and price. In the end, she's able to wade through all the choices to arrive at a good decision, showing she's growing up. The illustrator does a superb job of following the text while showing a lot of action. The character not only tries on the shoes, but dances through the pages or cringes when they're too tight. The page with the hippo buried under a mound of shoes is especially memorable. A fun read. Reviewer: Sue Poduska
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Youngsters can easily relate to the difficulty of selecting a new pair of shoes at the store when there are so many from which to choose. Using rhyming verses, Fliess sets up this common dilemma: "Shoes that zip up,/shoes that tie./Shoes to tiptoe to the sky." The author adds a touch of humor when Mother has to put her foot down: "Shiny zigzags—/these are nice. Mom says, No,/not at that price!'" Despite the plethora of tantalizing footwear on the pages, readers will feel a bit of a distance from the main character, a nameless hippo. While attractive shoes fill the spreads and further elucidate the text, the artwork in graphite, ink, and digital media delivers a joyful, albeit flat, feeling as well. Betsy R. Rosenthal's Which Shoes Would You Choose? (Putnam, 2010) also uses a rhymed text with riddles and it actively involves children and teaches the names of footgear to expand their vocabulary. Supplemental at best.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews
Few things in a preschooler's life are more exciting than getting a new pair of shoes. Little Hippo needs new shoes and has a plethora of choices among styles, colors and purposes.There are shoes with jewels and glitter, shoes that zip or tie, shoes that clatter or light up, shoes for summer, basketball, ballet or tap. Some are just about perfect, but mom says, "No, not at that price." Mom suggests little ducky shoes, but this fashion-conscious hippo turns up her snout. "Finding shoes could take all week!" Confused and exhausted, Little Hippo is almost ready to give up until she sees "way up high. / One last pair I have to try" and finds the perfect fit with "colored laces, stripes and spots. / glowing, blinking polka dots." The rhyming text flows easily in a thinly-lined sans-serif type against a generous amount of white space. It is a natural complement to the bright aqua-blue–based digital paintings that highlight a gray-based hippo dressed in a pink sweater and black skirt with matching pink barrette in her pageboy hairdo. A winning choice for today's ever-younger fashionistas. (Picture book. 3-5)
Kirkus Reviews
Few things in a preschooler's life are more exciting than getting a new pair of shoes. Little Hippo needs new shoes and has a plethora of choices among styles, colors and purposes.There are shoes with jewels and glitter, shoes that zip or tie, shoes that clatter or light up, shoes for summer, basketball, ballet or tap. Some are just about perfect, but mom says, "No, not at that price." Mom suggests little ducky shoes, but this fashion-conscious hippo turns up her snout. "Finding shoes could take all week!" Confused and exhausted, Little Hippo is almost ready to give up until she sees "way up high. / One last pair I have to try" and finds the perfect fit with "colored laces, stripes and spots. / glowing, blinking polka dots." The rhyming text flows easily in a thinly-lined sans-serif type against a generous amount of white space. It is a natural complement to the bright aqua-blue–based digital paintings that highlight a gray-based hippo dressed in a pink sweater and black skirt with matching pink barrette in her pageboy hairdo. A winning choice for today's ever-younger fashionistas. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761458258
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 501,900
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    More Fliess for Me!

    This is one of those books you instantly want to schedule for a story time. The short, snappy rhymes and attractive illustrations make it a natural read-aloud, whether for a child on your lap or a group sitting in front of you. Children will enjoy bits such as

    "Fuzzy, furry -
    shoes that quack?
    I'm no duck.
    Please put those back."

    while parents will smile as they recognize the upturned nose and crossed arms greeting Mom's attempts to get a decision made. Looking forward to sharing this with my 2yo, who doesn't mind being butt-naked as long as she has shoes on - preferably someone else's!

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