Birdie's Big-Girl Shoes by Sujean Rim
Birdie loves helping her mother get dressed. She picks out her mother's sparkliest jewels, her most glamorous sunglasses. She gazes breathlessly at mommy's Louboutins. Birdie's mother, needless to say, is just as cute and chic as she could be, in her sheath dress, with her closet full of shoes. It's nice to see a mommy like that in a picture book from time to time. I know mommies like that. I am not, myself, a mommy like that, but still. Hey, I wear perfume every day - I have aspirations.
Birdie begs and reasons with her mother to let her try on those beautiful shoes. She busts out the big pleading eyes. She is irresistable.
And she tries on the shoes, and she falls down, and she concludes that her bare feet are the most beautiful shoes of all, and that's sweet. But I like this book because of Birdie's big soulful eyes, and because Sujean Rim uses exotic, delicate Japanese printed paper for some of the dresses and shoes, and wispy knits, and because I know that some little girls will just lap up the fashion illustration-esque style.