Shoes Like Miss Alice’s

  • Title: Shoes Like Miss Alice’s
  • Author: Angela Johnson
  • Illustrator: Ken Page
  • Publisher: Orchard Books
  • Publication year: 1995
  • Brief Summary: From the publisher in front of book-“A child spends the day with the lively new babysitter, Ms. Alice.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –I think this book could be used in a read aloud setting for a public library or perhaps for a kindergarten class. This is probably a familiar scenario for many children and they might feel the same as our unnamed protagonist. However, I don’t know if a school library would benefit from having this particular book. I think there are other diverse picture books, even that I have covered, that would make more of an impact for young readers, like even Abuela that I just mentioned.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –The illustrations in this book could have made an impact, but they just seemed to fall short of the mark. I thought they were fine but a bit muddled. There was areas in the background, like when Ms. Alice dances, that I thought could have been used to show more vitality and life, but Page just left the backgrounds blank.

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