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Whose Shoes?: A Shoe for Every Job.
Swinburne, Stephen R. (Author) , Swinburne, Stephen R. (Illustrator)
Feb 2010. 32 p. Boyds Mills, hardcover, $16.95. (9781590785690). 331.702.
Writer/photographer Swinburne turns to a topic close to young children's hearts in this nonfiction picture book. After a few pages depicting children with and without footgear, he offers a guessing game in which a photo on the right-hand page shows a person below the knees and asks, "Whose shoes?" A turn of the page gives the answer and a full-length photo of a ballerina (or farmer, Army National Guard soldier, post office worker, clown . . .) on the left. The facing page repeats the question "Whose Shoes?" with a new photo. A few of the pictures may stump preschoolers and the chef's shoes will baffle adults as well, but often clues in the pictures will help lead kids to the answers. The clear, colorful photos provide plenty of talking points, while the short text flows in a conversational way. This attractive picture book is reminiscent of Margaret Miller's Whose Shoe (1991, o.p.), a staple of story programs for many years. - Carolyn Phelan

Kirkus Reviews

Firefighter, chef, mail carrier, ballerina, clown, farmer, soccer player, National Guard soldier and construction worker are depicted through their footwear in this photo essay that asks the title question over and over. A predictable turn-the-page format leads to a full photo of the appropriate person to answer it. There is little diversity shown in the professions, although the postal worker is a woman and the soccer player is black. Prefacing this is a spread of children shod (all wearing Crocs, which will inevitably date this book) and unshod and a series of photos of children's footwear. The last spread depicts the children in attire that predicts the jobs they may someday have with the question of which they would choose. A foreword by the author tells of the many jobs he had and the shoes he wore. The text is rhythmic and will read aloud well. This lighthearted look at occupations lacks the verve of Margaret Miller's <i>Whose Shoe? <\i>(1991), but as that work is out of print, this will substitute nicely.

Horn Book

The old adage, "take children from what they know to what they don't know," is certainly reinforced by Swinburne's concept book that, like its audience of youngsters three feet tall, keeps its eyes close to the ground: on shoes. Crisp, clear photographs show children with favorite shoes; without shoes; and with seasonal specials, such as flip-flops for summer and boots for winter. Swinburne then turns his attention to special shoes for special jobs, first presenting youngsters with a photograph of shoes (such as ballet slippers); posing the question "Whose shoes?"; and, with a page turn, providing the answer and a full image of the worker. The jobs are mixed, ranging from soldier to clown; visual context clues in the initial photograph (such as a postal worker's mailbag or a soccer player's ball) provide additional help in identifying the appropriate occupations. The book begs for interaction between reader and listener, even skipping grammatical conventions-the answer to "Whose shoes?" is the nominal "a ballerina" rather than the possessive "a ballerina's"-to comply with the point-and-name responses typical of this age group. BETTY CARTER

Horn Book Guide FALL 2010

Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job by Stephen R. Swinburne; photos by the author
Preschool Boyds Mills 32 pp.
2/10 978-1-59078-569-0 $16.95

(2) Superior Well Above average

Swinburnes's crisp, clear photographs show children with favorite shoes, without shoes, and with seasonal footwear (e.g.,flip-flops). he then turns his attention to special shoes for special jobs, first presenting a photograph of shoes, posing the question "Whose Shoes?";and, with a page turn, providing the answer and a full image of the worker. The book begs for interaction between reader and listener. Review 5/10. BC

Library Media Connection
May/June Issue, Vol 28, #6

Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job by Stephen Swinburne
"If the shoe fits, wear it" is a saying that lends itself nicely to this book. A shoe for every vocation is what makes this book different. The simple text includes a guessing game using the repetitive question, "Whose shoes?" Although some shoes are easier to guess than others, children will enjoy the beautiful photographs that explore a variety of occupations through footwear. Teachers will find this a good tool to use with a unit on community workers. It gives young students a new look at people in their community from a different perspective. Recommended. Shiela Martina Keaise, Children's Librarian, Walterboro, South Carolina

Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

Title: Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job
Author and Illustrator: Stephen R. Swinburne
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
ISBN: 978-1-59078-569-0
Year: 2010
Concepts: jobs, careers
Review: Different kinds of occupations require different types of shoes. For example, while construction workers need sturdy boots to protect their feet from injuries, mail carriers prefer comfortable walking shoes and office workers may prioritize fashion and style. With photographs that prompt children to guess which shoes belong with which occupation, this entertaining book encourages children to think about job requirements and future career possibilities.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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