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The Red Heels

San Souci, Robert D.; Kelley, Gary (Illustrator)

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ISBN 10: 0803711336 / ISBN 13: 9780803711334
Published by New York, New York, U.S.A.: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1996
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A nice, fine copy in a fine, mylar protected DJ. Signed and dated in year of publication (no name used) by Robert San Souci on title page. Small ink price notation on top corner of front endpaper; 1st edition; Illustrated, 4to., 32 pages., 0.0 0.0 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 22026

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Title: The Red Heels

Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A.: Dial Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition...

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An itinerant shoemaker in colonial New England makes a pair of shoes for a beautiful young woman, although he fears the red heels are a sign that she is a witch.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 2-5?This unusual picture book combines art and text to stunning effect. Jonathan Dowse, an itinerant shoemaker in colonial New England, loses his way in unfamiliar woods and arrives at a mysterious cottage. Its lone inhabitant is an equally mysterious young woman of delicate beauty who possesses all the domestic attributes of the perfect "goodwife." But Rebecca's nocturnal activities are bizarre and frightening. After summarily sending Jonathan to bed and cautioning him not to disturb her, she dons her red-heeled shoes. With the help of a magical quahog shell and a brief incantation, she disappears up the chimney and into the night. The next night, the young man finds that he can re-create the magic spell, and he flies through the night to join her in a magical moonlit dance. This mood of romance, and the theme of love conquering fear, superstition, and even the tedium of the Puritan work ethic are subtexts to the plot. Although the many levels of meaning add to the story's interest, the book demands an audience that can both understand and appreciate what is going on. San Souci uses the authentic language of the times, with many "thees" and "thous" sprinkled throughout. Kelley's magnificent pastels on paper enhance the eerie quality of the story, at the same time rendering with care the details of Colonial dress, architecture, food, tools, and crafts, and other elements of daily life.?Martha Rosen, Edgewood School, Scarsdale, NY
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