Sunday, October 11, 2009

Two Shoes

Two Shoes, written and illustrated by Beth Raitt, is a rhyming picture book about, well, two shoes! As they walk down the street, they happen to look up. What do they see? They see two feet inside their two shoes. This makes them wonder: What’s making them move?

By looking higher, they discover two shins attached to the feet. They begin to wonder if there’s still more that makes them move.

Further inspections reveal two knees attached to the shins, two thighs attached to the knees, and so on until they are able to see the rest of the body, all the way to the top of the head. Still, they wonder: What’s the reason for their existence? “There must be a reason we’re here at all.” Then they hear a voice:

“I am your Creator,” so clearly was said,
“I sent you my Son who was crucified until dead.
But on the third day He rose up from His grave,
to do what he promised, the whole world to save.
So yes, there is purpose to walk in your shoes,
to love the Lord Jesus and spread the Good News.”

The shoes are happy to finally learn their reason for being. They are so happy, they start talking to other shoes, telling them the “Good News.”

The illustrations are cartoon-like and done in soft pastels and monochromatic colors.

What I Like: This is a different approach to answering the question: Why are we here? What is our purpose in life? It puts it in a context that kids will understand.

What I Dislike: This book is written in rhyme. For the most part it’s done well, but there are a couple of places where the rhyme scheme is a bit forced.

Overall Rating: Good.

Age Appeal: 4-8.

Publisher Info: Tate Publishing and Enterprises, 2009; ISBN: 1606966642; Paperback, $8.99.

Buy now at $8.99!

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