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New Shoes

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Fun look at a preschooler's thrill of getting new shoes.

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Events or outings that may feel like routine chores for adults can feel new and wondrous to the very young, and this book perfectly captures and celebrates the experience of buying new shoes. In New Shoes, the fun is in the perspective, and author-illustrator Chris Raschka takes that quite literally, with every illustration pictured from the kid's point of view, eyes looking down over the knees at the feet -- a bold and playful visual choice.

Since the story's told by the young narrator, the child's perspective also comes across in the text. When Mommy puts on the old shoes, the narrator sticks fingers in two holes. "I can put my finger in. Hee-hee! Dirt could get in. Or water." At the store, when the feet are measured, they're "bigger than before!" When the child picks two choices off a display wall, one pair pinches, but another is "Comfy! I like them!" And it's super sweet when a friend, Emma, is introduced at the end, and we see her brown legs next to the narrator's paler ones, and blue shoes next to red.

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