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
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
(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
Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job by Stephen Swinburne
Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children
Title: Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job
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