Birdie carefully slipped her little toes into one shoe,
then slid into the other.
She looked at herself in the mirror...
Birdie can't wait to be just like her mom. She loves wearing jewelry, spritzing perfume bottles, and dressing up in front of the mirror. But more than anything, Birdie fantasizes about her mother's fancy high-heels. She can't wait to try them on and do all the things she likes to do wearing beautiful "big-girl shoes."
Little girls will love walking with Birdie as she spends a day in her mother's shoes, but in the end they may find that, like Birdie, they like their "barefoot shoes" best of all.
With playful watercolors and clever textured cut-paper designs, this precious picture book will speak to every little girl who longs to be a "big-girl".
Is there a little girl anywhere in America who does not yearn just a bit, like Birdie, to wear her mother's shoes? And Birdie's mother has an incredible collection, all lovingly described by Birdie, who insists she is ready to wear them. Birdie pictures all the great things she could do in high heels. Promising to be careful, she begs to wear a pair, ". . . just for a little while." They make her feel like a movie star. But they do not work the way she imagined. Kicking them off, she finds that she does much better barefoot. She decides she is not ready for big girl shoes yet; " she liked her beautiful barefoot shoes most of all." Solid color pages are backdrops for the action with no scenery needed, just shoes of all kinds and our heroine with few props. Watercolors are applied to sketches with vigor, while the clothes and shoes that keep our attention are created with wildly patterned collage. The end pages offer a display of scores of fancy footwear and boxes. Large type that changes color and shape adds to the narrative humor. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz