“Shoe-la-la!” by Karen Beaumont


Nothing defines a girl better than the passion for shoes. Wouldn’t you say? I know many moms who can’t wait  until their daughters will be big enough to go shoe-shopping together. It must be in little girls genes, I guess. It starts with princess and fairy shoes that they get to wear on Halloween, and before you know it, their shoe collection outgrows yours. Boys are perhaps less into the shoe business. If my son could, he would wear Crocs for half a year and sneakers for another half. But he sure has an opinion on what shoes I should wear: red stilettos. Go figure!

Anyways, if the interest in shoes comes to little girls naturally, why should we fight it? I don’t mean we should promote the shoe-mania, but we could use their love for shoes as a source of inspiration, the “Shoe-la-la!” -way

Four little girls need shoes for a party. What do they do? They hit the store.  Assisted by a stylish salesman with a curious mustache, the girls get to try all kinds of shoes, from ballerinas, to cowgirl boots. Lacy shoes, stripey shoes, with ribbons and with beads. All  colors and patterns you can think of. It’s fun trying the shoes on, but can the girls possibly choose from so many styles?  Of course not. They wouldn’t be typical girls if they could. So what do they do? They head back home and… design their own shoes. All they need to use is some buttons, paper, ribbons, scissors… and last but not least, their imagination. 

Simple but catchy rhymes, fancy characters and bright and lively illustrations by LeUyen Pham make “Shoe-la-la!” not only a captivating read, but also an exciting pretend-shopping experience that your children will enjoy superbly and you won’t have to spend a dime.

What I especially like about the story is the surprising finale.  Who would think that the girls will leave the store without a single pair and end up making their shoes themselves? Isn’t it a solution that we should promote to our children?  We live in a material world and Madonna might be a material girl, but I would rather have a creative  child.

 

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