The Yues join forces in their fifth nonfiction book for children to provide an absorbing overview of a familiar subject- shoes. In this comprehensive volume on the history of shoes, Charlotte and David Yue walk us through such subjects as the earliest shoe, the social and political significance of shoes in history, ancient and modern shoe design, shoe manufacturing, shoes in legend and literature, and what shoes reveal about their wearers. A complete resource on a subject with which children already are familiar.
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A smartly designed, profusely illustrated history of shoes, their lore and styles. The Yues (Armor, 1994, etc.) open with a series of provocative questions to make readers focus on how they choose shoes and what statements their footwear makes about them, linking those answers to a larger picture: ``Since early times people have wanted beauty in their lives and have needed to express their individuality and, for these reasons, have created shoes of different styles and materials.'' Beginning with an illustration of the foot, the authors trace the chronology of shoes from the Oregon sandal of 10,000 years ago to the styles of the present. Detailed descriptions with accurate, elegant black- and-white drawings show how shoes are made and how fashions have changed through the centuries: sandals, brogues, oxfords, saddle shoes, cowboy boots, and even rollerblades. The traditions can be fascinating, e.g., a Greek woman could burn the shoe of a lost lover to get him back. The charms of shoes will not be lost on readers: ``Shoes are our contact point with the earth. . . . They can be artistic; they can be witty.'' With endpapers showing a progression of styles and heel heights, from the sturdiest of oxfords to the strappiest of sandals, this is an enchanting book, surpassing even Laurie Lawlor's Where Will This Shoe Take You? (1996). (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 6-8. Those sensibly padded work shoes, feathery mules, or expensive loafers you're wearing may reveal clues to your personality. So what could we guess about Marie Antoinette, who had to index her huge shoe wardrobe, or Napoleon's Josephine, with her 521 pairs of dainty footwear? Filled with vignettes such as these and interesting, little-known facts, this book traces the history of shoes, but in a much more readable style than its somewhat dry title suggests. Readers learn, for example, how Roman emperors rewarded commoners with the privilege of wearing special red or purple ceremonial sandals, how medieval laws regulated the length of shoes' toes, and how wearing aristocratic shoes was potentially dangerous during the French Revolution. The short chapters are chronologically arranged, providing a good historical overview of classical to modern times with just the right scope for the intended audience. Ample black-and-white drawings illustrate almost every style of footwear mentioned in the text. A complete index and extensive bibliography are included, with an indication of books that might interest younger readers. Using the chapter about shoe detectives as a connection, this title could be paired nicely in a booktalk with Donna Jackson's The Bone Detectives (Little, Brown, 1996).?Leigh Ann Jones, Carroll Middle School, Southlake, TX
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descripción HMH Books for Young Readers, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110395726670
Descripción HMH Books for Young Readers, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New!. Nº de ref. de la librería VIB0395726670