When a boy named William Wilkins puts on his red cowboy boots, his imagination can take him anywhere -- to the Amazon River...

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THE MAGIC BOOTS

When a boy named William Wilkins puts on his red cowboy boots, his imagination can take him anywhere -- to the Amazon River or the Wild West or the moon, flying on a magic carpet or camping out with a pack of jovial bears. When his feet outgrow the boots, William is understandably despondent. But after he falls asleep crying, he discovers he can still visit far-off places, since the magic is in his mind, not in his boots. This plot summary doesn't do justice to the genuine magic of newcomer Emerson's book. Post's bold, rich-toned illustrations capture the many moods and angles of William's imaginary wanderings, and the text, brief as it is, has the true ring of the way a kid talks and thinks. Imagination is a powerful concept for a young child, and this simple parable about it leaves all the awe and mystery marvelously intact.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1994

ISBN: 0879058749

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 1994