Yes, we can!
Shoes! I love shoes. I love sneakers and boots, flip flops and fancy shoes. New shoes, old shoes, shoes to impress, shoes to help you kick back and relax. I love shoes.
With that thought, I head off to the children’s department of a local shoe store to consider the possibilities. There is such an array of sizes, styles and colors. Choices on top of choices. Here is just a sample of what I found.
Which shoe do you fancy?
It’s Shoe Time! written and illustrated by Bryan Collier
One of the best things about Bryan Collier’s It's Shoe Time! is that he makes shoes and shopping and reading so much fun. Beginning with the title, the pages are brimming with word play.
Consider: Shoe Time vs Show Time.
The text is also replete with homophones which accentuate the silliness: knot vs not and pear vs pair.
There is a running joke with respect to the dual meanings of right and left. Right means "correct" and also refers to a side of the body. Left means both the opposing side of the body and is a past tense form of "leave."
The alternating sounds (squish! flop! squish! flop!) as the shoes descend stairs begs to be read aloud.
The conclusion, while not particularly practical, is none-the-less delightful. This is one that will quickly become subject to the "read it again" request.
It's a match! This book fits perfectly.
Fun with Words
This series of early readers just keeps getting more fun. Well known authors and illustrators share their considerable talents in these high-interest books. The large thoughtfully placed font, with plenty of white space and limited vocabulary make them an excellent choice for beginning readers. The wordplay, humor, and zany art have an appeal for a wide-ranging. audience.