Book of the Week: Shoe-La-La

Shoe-La-La by Karen Beaumont Illustrated by Leuyen Pham

Published: 2011 Scholastic Press

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

It really does show a girl’s love of shoes.

The four characters – Emily, Ashley, Kaitlyn, Clair – are not only glamor girls, but divas in training (in a good way of course).

I love how the book illustrates the fun in playing dress up.

The girls are all patient, especially when shopping for shoes and not finding any they like.

It makes all shoe lovers feel a bit bad for the shoe salesman – especially trying on many pairs of shoes and deciding not to get one pair.

The text rhymes, and who doesn’t love rhyming text!

The I love how the book shows that shoes can transform into a different person – for example if you wear ballet slippers, you could be a ballerina, orĀ a pair of cowboy boots you could be a cowgirl.

I love how brightly colored this book is. Not only will the text and bold illustrations attract readers and attention, but the colors simply will as well.

The girls vogue at one point in the book – striking a pose with some real attitude.

The girls are all crafty and imaginative.

I love how when they don’t find the perfect pair of shoes, they decide to make their own shoes on their own terms. If only finding the perfect pair of shoes were that easy.

I love how the cover of this book (literally) sparkles.

This book illustrates the importance of being proud of yourself, even if you accomplish the smallest of small accomplishments.

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Book of the Week: Chicken Big

Chicken Big by Keith Graves

Published: 2010 Worzella Publishing

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as book of the week:

In a way its a retelling of chicken little – a story I love.

This book is hysterically funny! I was literally laughing out loud when I was reading it. Any book that does that is a great book.

Even though Chicken Big is different and (at first) shunned by the other chickens in the itty-bitty hen-house he doesn’t give up on getting them to realize that he’s just like them … only much bigger.

The story reminded me of Dumbo for some reason.

The writing is witty and fun – making it great for children of all ages.

The smaller, regular sized chicks aren’t the sharpest “beaks in the hen” and it definitely shows when the insist on callingĀ  Chicken Big an elephant, a squirrel, an umbrella, and a sweater.

It a good example of showing how judging by ones looks and size is hurtful.

Big Chicken is more than just a chicken – he’s a real hero!

Big Chicken has a real dry sense of humor.

He’s realistic whereas the other chickens aren’t – they are over dramatic and panicked most of the time. One even cries “woe is me” when the eggs have suddenly gone missing.

I really liked how this book illustrated the change in weather – from windy to rainy to sunny.

The smallest chicken on them all peeps – that’s cute!