Books and stompy boots

A blue walking stick tries on a rainboot and a black sneaker

A blue walking stick tries on a rainboot and a black sneaker. Walks taller in boots, looks cooler in sneakers. Decisions...

The blue stick has a new shoe, otherwise known as a stompy boot. Shoes are as important for sticks as they are for humans, maybe even more. You want to look nice, but you also don’t want to trip yourself or kick your colleague. It’s all about how you want to hit the ground.

Will you step, or will you swing? Will you wabble through London with an angry goose? Will you jump over shards of sidewalk as if you’re playing hopscotch? Is your walk uphill or downhill, or neither? Is it raining? Is there mud? Do you need to watch out for that tree in the middle of the sidewalk? Will you run? Will you dance?

Stephen Swinburne’s Whose Shoes, this year’s selection for One Book Every Young Child, explores lots of shoes for lots of jobs. Can you guess whom the shoe fits from the clues in the photos?

As for me, I have librarian shoes and a good stompy boot. Just in case I meet strange creatures in puddles — or, you know, just feel like dancing.

About Amy

Children's librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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3 Responses to Books and stompy boots

  1. Tina says:


    You dance every time in your blog entries.

  2. Amy says:

    Thank you. *smiling*

  3. Julie says:

    I second that, Tina!

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