There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe – Jane Cabrera

  There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe – Jane Cabrera, Holiday House (9780823437719), 2017

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Jane Cabrera has one again given new life to a classic nursery rhyme.  This old woman may live in a shoe with a multiethnic brood of ten children, along with a dog, a cat, a hamster, a bird and a bear, but she is loving and resourceful.  The apple-cheeked old woman is always smiling even when the car breaks down, the clothes wear out or the furniture falls apart.  The pocket of her dress holds all kinds of tools that she puts to good use. “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe, and when the clothes got tatty, she’d…mend and make do.”  The bold colorful illustrations, created with acrylic paint on paper and a bit of collage, perfectly complement the verses.  This is sure to be a fun story time favorite.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Readers who enjoy nursery rhymes and twists on traditional tales, will like this one.  Fans of Cabrera’s nursery rhyme books will love it.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 5/15/17             

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