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Bird's New Shoes

Riddell, Chris (Author & Illustrator)

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ISBN 10: 0805003266 / ISBN 13: 9780805003260
Published by Henry Holt & Co, 1987
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Printing. Not Ex Library. No previous owner's name or inscription on endpapers. This is a Review copy Publisher's slip laid in. Jacket price not clipped. Pictorial endpapers. Jacket is Fine. Book is Fine. Hilarious full page color illustrations throughout. Contents are clean and unmarked. Book will be shipped with a fresh mylar dust jacket protector. Bookseller Inventory # w01043

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Title: Bird's New Shoes

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First American Edition

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After seeing Bird strolling in a pair of new shoes, Rat decides to show off his new bow tie and shoes, Warthog appears in his latest finery, and several other animals attempt to outdress one another

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PreSchool-Grade 1Bird's New Shoes start off a fashion war in the jungle. Bird (bright blue and very self-confident) strides through the jungle with a pair of red oxfords on. Rat sees him, and wants a pair of shoes, too. So Rat gets some bright yellow shoes, and adds a bow tie. In a cumulative pattern, five more animals join the story, adding more clothes, until they all end up quarelling over which is the ``right'' pair of jeans. Just then, Bird walks by wearing nothing but his bright feathers, stating ``Oh, I like to be different.'' This story is nicely paced, but it is weakened when the cumulative language pattern is abandoned. The illustrations, too, are promising but flawed. The animals are cleverly drawn, and have lots of innate comic personality (snake wearing jeans is especially good). But the overall look is too busy. The animals are hard to distinguish from their jungle surroundings; the colors and textures are too similar. Riddell's illustrations work best on one double-paged spread on which the animals appear against a white background. There is a quiet, not too didactic, message in this story about peer pressure and conformity, but despite its attractive features, Bird's New Shoes is not an essential purchase. Lauralyn Persson, Wilmete Public Library, Ill.
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