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BIRDIE'S BIG GIRL SHOES

Author: Sujean Rim

Illustrator: Sujean Rim

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Publisher: Little, Brown, Books for Young Readers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Birdie wanted to look like her mother ... or at least dress up like her! She loved shoes, and oh how she wanted to wear her mothers shoes. She pictured herself dancing and doing cartwheels and all the fun things little girls like to do. She gets an experience to remember when her mother says she can try on a pair for the day! This is a story about every little girl's dream: dressing up!

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 4 to 7

Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked out this book because of the big shoe on the front. She said she wanted to see what it was about. She really enjoyed watching the girl want to play with shoes and then get finally get to. She thought it was funny that once the girl tries them on she realizes she can have more fun in her bare feet.

Adult Reader Reaction: I enjoyed watching the little girl dream about what wearing high-heeled shoes would be like. The author does great at describing the reality of wearing the shoes. It was interesting to see how my daughter really felt what the girl was feeling and identified with the story.

Pros: This is great for all little girls to read. It helps them understand that sometimes it is better to wait.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow this one if you have a little girl who loves to raid your closet! This is a great choice for the library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE HAT THAT WORE CLARA B.   FANCY NANCY AND THE POSH PUPPY   WHEN I WAS LITTLE: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth

Educational Themes: This is a nice reminder that says "enjoy the age you are," i.e., be who you are. It also blends in the themes of being flexible and trying new things.

Notes: A Reading Tub volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, growing up

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2009

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