The Elliott Review
March 2, 2011
Blog Tour & Review: Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson
by Jessi Elliott
This picture book about self-acceptance is very cute and whimsical while containing a very important lesson for children. Because Willie believes that his shoes are awful and unacceptable, he puts a lot of pressure on himself - to the point of dreaming about all the horrible things that will happen if he wears his shoes. The idea of differences being okay is a very important one that children can definitely benefit from.
This book can be used as a platform to discuss with children what makes people different from each other - be it race, disability, personality, background, etc. - and teach them the appropriate response to anyone that is different - themselves or others.
With vivid, interesting pictures, this book is definitely great conversation starter for parents, students, and teachers.