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Paulette Bourgeois. Illustrated by Brenda Clark.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 1987.
unpaged, paperbound boards, $10.95.
ISBN 0-921103-11-5. CIP.

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Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 3-7

Reviewed by Wendy Carter.

Volume 16 Number 2
1988 March

Children and adults experience the comforts of wearing an old favourite item of clothing or in this case, Sarah's rubber boots. This is a delightfully simple story of a very young girl's discovery of growing up and out of one's things. Though she tries various methods, she can not make her boots fit her feet again. Because Sarah loved her old boots, she gives them to her brother when he indicates the desire to wear them, but only after she has resigned herself to wearing new ones. Her brother discovers the joys of hand-me-downs and she discovers the joys that come with growing into things.

Brenda Clark's full-colour illustrations capture the trials and tirbulations of early childhood. Bourgeois and Clark also did Franklin In The Dark ¹. Children will love to listen to and join in with the predictable, patterned responses and the descriptive sound words. They will also empathize with the characters. Parents and children will enjoy the shopping scenes. This is a cute book that is sure to make rainy days fun.

Wendy Carter, North Ward School, Paris, ON.

¹ Reviewed vol. XV/2 March 1987, p. 77.

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