Thursday, April 2, 2009

What can you do with a shoe? by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers; Illustrated by Maurice Sendak (Simon & Schuster, 1955)
What can you do with a shoe? is a wonderfully illustrated book. Who doesn't love the many renderings of Maurice Sendak? What starts out as a dress-up game of two playful children, soon turns into a question and answer game of what one would do with their clothing items if there were no limits. "Do you put your shoe on your head or butter it like bread or use apple jam instead?" This story is filled with adorable rhyming words. A fun play on words this book would be excellent to introduce rhyming to younger students.
The illustrations are brilliant and extremely detailed and truly bring the characters to life. This book would be easy to put into song if you wanted to. There really is nothing else to say about this book except - READ IT!
Intended audience: preschool to 1st grade

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