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The Cobbler's Holiday: or Why Ants Don't Wear Shoes

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Long ago ants only cared about two things—fashion and dancing—and stylish shoes, the link between the two, became their biggest obsession. When the ants’ only cobbler leaves town, the ants find themselves in trouble. How are stylish ants supposed to keep in vogue without new shoes? When one ant final
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 16th 2008 by Roaring Brook Press
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Did you know that ants used to wear shoes? In fact, since each one had 6 feet, an ant required three pairs of shoes for every occasion – three pairs for work, three pairs for outdoors, three pairs for play, three pairs for parties and three pairs of slippers. That worked out to 30 shoes for one ant alone! Being industrious, scurrying creatures, their shoes quickly became worn. When they needed to purchase a new pair, they visited the cobbler’s shop. This craftsman was the only ant trained in thi ...more
Melissa Dwyer
Jun 02, 2015 Melissa Dwyer rated it really liked it
Originally rated G+ by M. Epps
The colorful illustrations in this work add to its reader friendly text. Young readers will enjoy looking at the shoes worn by the ants. Third grade students at Pittsburgh Whittier created Math problems based on the number of shoes a number of ants wore. The question remains however,why did the ants discontinue wearing clothes. Perhaps that is another book. This "why" story can be used to introduce this genre to younger readers.
Feb 21, 2009 Natalie rated it it was ok
The story is pretty top heavy. It goes into all this detail at the beginning describing shoe habits that would make Imelda Marcos look tame. Then there's a little action with the one and only shoe maker in town decides to pack up and leave without notice. And, bam the story is over with an it-girl being introduced into the colony to help bring in the barefoot look.
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