Whose Shoes?: A Shoe for Every Job

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What do you want to be when you grow up? People work in various jobs. Very often, clothes fit the job. The right shoes, for example, can make a job easier or safer. A nurse wouldn't wear construction boots, and a construction worker wouldn't wear ballet slippers. There is the right shoe for every job. Steve Swinburne explores various occupations through a simple, lively text and bright, colorful photographs. The book includes a guessing game that invites young readers to guess which shoe matches which job. ...

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Overview

What do you want to be when you grow up? People work in various jobs. Very often, clothes fit the job. The right shoes, for example, can make a job easier or safer. A nurse wouldn't wear construction boots, and a construction worker wouldn't wear ballet slippers. There is the right shoe for every job. Steve Swinburne explores various occupations through a simple, lively text and bright, colorful photographs. The book includes a guessing game that invites young readers to guess which shoe matches which job. This Library Media Connection Editor's Choice book offers a unique way of asking children what they want to be when they grow up.

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Kirkus Reviews
Firefighter, chef, mail carrier, ballerina, clown, farmer, soccer player, National Guard soldier and construction worker are depicted through their footwear in this photo essay that asks the title question over and over. A predictable turn-the-page format leads to a full photo of the appropriate person to answer it. There is little diversity shown in the professions, although the postal worker is a woman and the soccer player is black. Prefacing this is a spread of children shod (all wearing Crocs, which will inevitably date this book) and unshod and a series of photos of children's footwear. The last spread depicts the children in attire that predicts the jobs they may someday have with the question of which they would choose. A foreword by the author tells of the many jobs he had and the shoes he wore. The text is rhythmic and will read aloud well. This lighthearted look at occupations lacks the verve of Margaret Miller's Whose Shoe? (1991), but as that work is out of print, this will substitute nicely. (Picture book. 3-6)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
By presenting a wide variety of shoes, Swinburne introduces to young readers the many possible jobs they might care to have in the future. Clear photographs show a pair of shoes on one page, asking the reader to guess whose they are. Turning the page reveals the shoes on the worker. There are both males and females, white and non-white workers. Readers are encouraged to think about whose shoes they may wear some day. The color photographs are set on the white pages without frames or borders, encouraging attentive observation of the shoes in action. In his Foreword the author discusses his own shoes. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590788790
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 683,150
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Swinburne is the author of many books, including Saving Manatees, a Society of School Librarians International Honor Book, and Wiff and Dirty George: The Z.E.B.R.A. Incident. He lives in South Londonderry, Vermont.

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