THE COBBLER’S HOLIDAY by Musharraf Ali Farooqi


Or Why Ants Don’t Wear Shoes
Age Range: 4 - 8
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Stylish, sophisticated illustrations appropriately accompany this faux-folktale that purports to explain why ants don’t wear shoes. When ants wore shoes, they required three pairs to fit their six feet, and required several sets for various occasions. When they attended parties, for example, they left their outdoor shoes at the door and switched to their dancing shoes. Making and repairing all those shoes kept the local cobbler very busy and made him “very rich.” When he takes a vacation and then stays away enjoying his retirement, however, shoes begin to wear out, causing great distress. Finally, one young fashionista boldly dances barefoot. The other ants, shocked at first, follow suit, and immediately feel lighter, more relaxed and nimble, finding that “barefoot, they could dance with perfect grace.” The droll images feature expressive faces above haute-couture–clad thoraxes; Yelchin’s ants pose against clean white space, shifting perspectives and placement adding to the fun. Math exercises, as well as some conclusions about human nature, can be extrapolated from this wry tale. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59643-234-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Neal Porter/Roaring Brook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2008


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