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Big Sarah’s Little Boots

A child thinks through a lesson, and is happy.

This unique story shows a child thinking: Sarah has outgrown her boots and, after a struggle to stretch them, realizes that growing up is natural, happy and irreversible.

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Paulette Bourgeois has written this with an appropriately curious rhythm, evident in this metaphor: “Sarah loved her boots. They were as shiny as a wet slicker and as yellow as a bathtub duck.” Sarah’s problem is equally well summed: “Her boots did not fit her feet. Her feet did not fit her boots.

Events chosen for the story emphasize the lesson Sarah learns, so the young reader/listener can see it for himself, and experience the thinking it demonstrates!

Big Sarah’s Little Boots is what a books for young children ought to be.