In this cumulative tale, Peter, who's got a new pair of shoes (well, a pair of hand-me-down shoes, new to him) sets off to buy a loaf of bread. But by the time he arrives at the bakery, he's lost his coins. Coincidentally, the baker has lost his feather, and he can't bake light-as-a-feather bread without it, so in exchange for a loaf, Peter offers to get the baker a feather. But how? Then the shoes pipe up, "Feathers grow on the cock that crows in the fields of one who sows the seeds." The shoes know that because they used to belong to a farmer. So Peter goes to see the farmer, who's lost the buttons from his pants. He'll give Peter the feather if Peter gets him buttons, and the shoes, who also used to belong to a shoemaker, know just where to go. This would be more fun if the language didn't border on the arcane. When Peter asks where'll he find buttons, for instance, the shoes reply, "Running from the needle, racing round the thread of one who mends the trousers." The art, however, is right at child's level. "Gasoline Alley"-style cartoon characters cavort through a funny retro-world where unusual shapings and offbeat perspectives will catch kids' attention. A new twist on a favorite style of tale.