Reviews by Molly
March 29, 2011
Tribute Books Blog Tour and Review - Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes by Larry Peterson
by Molly Edwards
First of all, I just gotta say, that I wish I had this in hard copy form because my kids would have ADORED this book, ALMOST as much as I did :-). And, the little boy, Willie Wiggles, bless his heart, I loved his name. It's just so darn cute! But, the message of the story is what I love the most.
'Slippery' Willy had a bit of a problem....he couldn't stop slipping when he was on his feet. Poor little guy! So, he had to have special (or in his thoughts, stupid ugly shoes!) that kept him from slipping so much. But, he just knew that they were HORRID, and the kids would absolutely, with out a doubt make fun of him. He sat down with his mom (gotta love us mamas!) and talked about the importance of not worrying what others will think, and to be happy with who you are, because, while you're not the same as others, you're still unique and special. I truly loved that! Every child is special no matter what.
This book will have a special place in my heart forever. You see, my son was born with a cleft lip and palate. He is now 6 almost 7, and while his lip is repaired, he has a slightly, barley noticeable, crooked nose and a scar. I have worried for two years about him going to school and the kids picking on him. Yet, after two years, nothing. They accept him for who he is. It warms my heart that the kids are so accepting like that. Just like 'Slippery' Willie, my son is different, yet the same as everyone. He was made to be who he is and that is that.
I am truly pleased to be a part of this blog tour and to have had the chance to read this book by Larry Peterson. He has a talent for writing, and for creating a story that touches not only children's hearts, but the hearts of the parents, too. I highly recommend this book with 4 stars to every parent out there with young children. The message is strong and the book is perfect for all kids.