Illustrator Barrett Waller New Feet for Old

ISBN 13: 9780027923711

New Feet for Old

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9780027923711: New Feet for Old

A kindly old peddler who sells feet--kangaroo feet for those who want to jump, cheetah feet for those who want to run fast--brings new life to a little boy.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-- With wit and charm, Waller addresses the age-old problem of dissatisfaction. When a jolly peddler rolls his cheery yellow cart to town advertising "New Feet for Old!" no one can resist. Animal feet are quite popular as they improve jumping, running, and dancing. One day the peddler realizes that he is old, and decides that his next trip to market will be his last. He sells each and every pair of feet for a kiss, a joke, or a song. All are sold when a crippled boy arrives. The man trades feet with him, and then limps to a bench while the boy frolics home. A poignant ending is cheered by a discarded pair of elephant feet that allow the peddler to tromp home to retirement. Stevenson's illustrations capture the warmth of the tale with joyful touches and a satisfying freedom of form. Although the colors have the gentle softness of watercolor, they are wonderfully vital. The Harvard Business School may not want a book that advocates giving merchandise away for a kiss, but most libraries will want to have this tale in their collections. Read it aloud or alone to stimulate discussion or for just plain fun. --Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Waller's idealistic first book, with its "once upon a time" introduction, magical premise and happy ending for all, demonstrates the virtues of sharing and selflessness. A kindly man--who, with his white beard and round belly, distinctly resembles Santa Claus during the off season--sells feet from a wooden cart. Yes, feet. Customers try on a pair of kangaroo feet to help them jump higher, some cheetah feet to help them run faster. The noble peddler prefers "something more precious" than mere currency--a "curtsy . . . a joke . . . a booming song." Stevenson, illustrator of As the Crow Flies , models the townsfolk, quaint villages and cobblestone lanes after those seen in the European countryside, and his warm palette alternately suggests sunny days and cozy fireplaces. While the story risks imparting false optimism about handicaps--a boy who walks with crutches miraculously recovers after receiving a new set of feet--the third-person, fairy-tale narration and the rustic, foreign settings remind readers that the heroic peddler is the stuff of legend. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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