Friday, March 18, 2011

Stop by for Slippery Willie's Blog Tour

Tribute books is touring "Slippery Willie's Stupid Ugly Shoes".  Today is the stop at Bookworm Lisa!


Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the "stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world."
Discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place.

I love this poem at the beginning of the book.
It does not matter…
How tall or short you are,
How big your nose is,
How fast you can run,
How high you can jump,
If you can see or not,
Hear or not,
Or even be wheelchair bound.
You are all God’s special individual creations
and God “don’t make no junk.”

Willie has a problem.  He slips and slides where ever he goes.  He cannot do many activities that his friends and schoolmates can, because he risks bodily injury.  To help with the problem, he has special shoes made for him.  He is very unhappy about the solution because they are different looking shoes.

Willie learns a special/hard  lesson in this book.  Sometimes we think that things will be worse than they really are. At the end of the story is a guide that has ideas for activities and discussion questions to help children think about having empathy.  I thought this was a very cute book and a great idea to help children work through some tough situations.  I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years.

Links for the book, author and publisher.

Larry Peterson Facebook:!/larrytpbx
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  1. Thank you so much, Lisa for the great review and for sharing "Slippery Willie" with all of your blog readers. We appreciate your support and we're so glad that you enjoyed the book!

  2. Hi Lisa--Just saw your review and I want to thank you for taking the time to do it. Your kind words about the book are greatly appreciated and mean a lot to me. THANKS AGAIN.
    Larry Peterson

  3. Great review,sounds like a great book for kids to read or have read to them.


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