Put Yourself in My Shoes by Susanna Isern, illustrated by Mylène Rigaudie. NubeOcho, 9788417673376, 2020
Ponte en mi lugar by Susanna Isern, illustrated by Mylène Rigaudie. NubeOcho, 9788417673369, 2020
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? This is a cute story about Cricket, who doesn’t understand why his friends are stressed about specific problems because he doesn’t have those same problems himself. By the end of the story, his friends have visited him to help him solve his own problem, and he realizes that he hadn’t treated them as he should have. The lesson of understanding different perspectives and treating our friends as we would want to be treated is an important one, and it is clearly explained and shown through the plot. The bug characters (Cricket, Ladybug, Bee, Spider, Centipede, and Flea) are adorably drawn, and the colors and flowers set a spring-time scene. Additionally, readers will enjoy exploring some of the fun details in the illustrations, like Cricket’s soda can home.
Anything you did not like about the book. The story is pretty didactic, and it could send the message that we should do nice things for others so that we get something back in return.
To whom would you recommend this book? This would be ideal to read with specific students who have trouble seeing other people’s perspectives and understanding that it is important to be kind even when we don’t think others’ problems are important. I would also recommend it to readers who like bug characters.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, public librarians
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts
Date of review: July 26, 2020