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New shoes for Sylvia /

A young girl receives a pair of beautiful red shoes from her Tia Rosita and finds different uses for them until she grows enough for them to fit. Full description

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Other Authors: Pinkney, Jerry,
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Morrow Junior Books, 1993
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Silvia can't wait to try on her present from Tia Rosita: new shoes as red as the inside of a watermelon. The shoes are too big for Silvia to wear -- but that doesn't stop her from dinfing lots of ways to enjoy them while she waits for her feet to grow!

"The excitement of the new shoes and the formidable task of waiting to grow into them are both conveyed beautifully through the story and the art....Watercolors fill each page with the details of life in Silvia's home and small village....Hurwitz perfectly captures the pleasure of a special gifted the difficulty of waiting."--Horn Book

Speaks universally to the imagination and emotions."--School Library Journal

Review by Booklist Review

Ages 4-8. "Once, far away in another America, a package arrived at the post office." Tia Rosita has sent Silvia a new pair of red shoes, and Silvia can't wait to wear them. But wait she must, because they are too big. She uses them for doll beds one week, as a two-car train the next, as holders for the shells and stones she collects at the beach the next, until, finally, they fit. "Mira, mira," she cries, running to show Mama and the baby. "Look, look. My shoes are not too big now." Silvia is an attractive child about five years old, and the story hinges on her excitement about her present and her imaginative response to it. The slight story is made stronger by Pinkney's watercolors, which warmly depict a close family life in a wholesome, often outdoor setting in Latin America. (Reviewed Oct. 15, 1993)068805286XJanice Del Negro

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

A Latin American locale brings the only dash of picante to this rather bland slice of life. From ``another America,'' Tia Rosita sends Silvia a pair of shiny red shoes, which are too big. Day after day, Silvia anxiously tries them on to see if she has grown into them. She hasn't, but she enjoys the shoes anyway, pretending they are doll beds or a two-car train. Eventually, distracted by chores and friends, Silvia forgets about the shoes for weeks at a stretch, until, finally, she tries them on again and they fit. In contrast to this pedestrian story, the watercolor illustrations rise well above the ordinary. Pinkney, paying careful attention to the foreign milieu, achieves an upbeat, child-pleasing realism. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Silvia, who lives in ``another America''-presumably South America-is thrilled when her family receives a package from Tía Rosita. Inside is a pair of beautiful red shoes just for her. Alas, they are too big, and the little girl is not patient. She makes them into beds, train cars, and carts for her dolls. She keeps trying them on, but finally forgets about them. Then one day, when her mother is writing a letter to Tía Rosita, Silvia remembers them, dusts them off, and finds that they fit perfectly. This simple story, told in spare prose, speaks universally to the imagination and emotions. Pinkney's spirited watercolors animate the narrative and are large enough for group sharing. This could be paired with Denise Lewis Patrick's Red Dancing Shoes (Tambourine, 1993), another story about a vivacious child and her special shoes.-Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Children's author, Johanna Hurwitz was born and raised in New York City. She attended Queens College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and then Columbia University for her master's in Library Science.

She worked as a librarian and taught graduate courses in children's literature and storytelling. Her first title, Busybody Nora was published in 1976 and she has been writing a book or two a year ever since. Her other titles include Dear Emma, Summer with Elisa, A Llama in the Family, Busybody Nora and the Adventures of Ali Baba Bernstein. She has written over 60 titles.

Her works have won her several state awards, including the Texas Bluebonnet Award, the Kentucky Bluegrass Award, the Garden State Children's Choice Award, and the Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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