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Jun 21 2017

Rose's red boots by Maura Finn

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Ill. by Karen Erasmus. New Frontier Publishing, 2017. ISBN 9780957988446
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Autumn, Rhyming story, Play, Clothing, Weather, STEM. Rose goes out to play in the blustery wind with her dog, Banjo. Leaves gently drift to the ground, the sky is full of fairy floss clouds, and Rose takes her kite with her. On her feet are her red boots and she uses these to march across the paddocks to her destination. Each double page shows Rose and Banjo in action, and each alternate double page has a repetitive rhyming stanza using the boots as a lead into something she is doing. Readers, particularly in a group where the book is read out loud, will love to learn the refrain, reading it with the leader and act out what Rose is doing as the story proceeds. It is an infectious story of one girl's morning out of doors, and children may like to make their own kites to try them out. The book is a wonderful introduction to the theme of autumn showing readers the various things which can be expected during this season.
When it unexpectedly becomes colder and begins to rain with lightning flashes across the sky, then she and Banjo head for home, 'racing, racing, home for morning tea'.
Fran Knight

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