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Wednesday 28 November 2012

Review: Ruby Red Shoes

Ruby is a little white hare who adores her red shoes. Her first knitted pair were the colour of radishes and she wailed anytime someone tried to take them off - so red shoes it was and red shoes it always has been.

Ruby lives with her beloved grandma, Babushka Galushka, who teaches Ruby how to be a kind, aware and thoughtful hare. They live together in a hand-painted caravan where everything is lovely and warm and cosy, with a generous amount of teacups for hot drinks.

In this adorable, beautifully-illustrated book, we learn all about Ruby in an old-fashioned storytelling way that's sure to delight kids. We learn about her garden, her 'jazzy' chickens (to whom she teaches French) and about her adoration for nature and peace.

We learn about the delightfully slow pace she takes in life - you know, that pace that allows appreciation and gratefulness and the ability to Be? That truly glorious, life-filled pace?

Each page is a showcase of Ruby's world, with the sweetest illustrations - in both full scene and snippets. As much a visual journey as a story, Ruby Red Shoes has a basic premise but one that is refreshing, sweet, simple and easily-cherished.

Title: Ruby Red Shoes
Author/Illustrator: Kate Knapp
Publisher: HarperCollins, $15.99 RRP
Publication Date: 15 November 2012
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9780730496403
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book