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1, 2, BUCKLE MY SHOE by Anna Grossnickle Hines Kirkus Star

1, 2, BUCKLE MY SHOE

By Anna Grossnickle Hines (Author) , Anna Grossnickle Hines (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: May 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-15-206305-4
Publisher: Harcourt

The simple old nursery rhyme is given vibrant life in this incandescent concept book. Hines, a gifted quilt artist, illustrates with her fabric art. Each number gets a full page: Numeral, background and frame appear in different fabrics, and embroidery, fancy stitching, rickrack and buttons (one for each number, adding a counting element) decorate. Some of the buttons are star- or heart- or flower-shaped; many of the fabrics are also patterned with flowers, stripes and geometrics in splendid saturated colors that pop off the paper. A small girl in star-covered overalls (and red shoes with buckles, of course) performs the actions indicated by the rhyme. This version ends with “My big fat hen!”—readers see the hen and child playing tug-o-war with a woolen thread. The last spread shows all the numbers one to ten, outlines of children’s hands and that array of buttons, one atop each digit allowing readers to count one, then two, then three, all the way up to ten. Joyous and great fun. (Picture book. 3-6)