Alfie Runs Away
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Alfie Runs Away

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Alfie's mother wants to get rid of his favorite red shoes he's outgrown. So Alfie is running away. His mother points out that he might get thirsty on his trip, and she gives him a bottle of nice cold water. And a flashlight, in case it gets dark. Together, they pack everything Alfie might need. But once he is out in the wide world, Alfie discovers that some very important...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 2010)
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Alfie’s mother has gone too far! She wants to give away his favorite shoes and get him new ones. So Alfie decides to run away. As he packs his things, his mother makes helpful suggestions, like taking a water bottle, snacks and a flashlight. She gets him a bag to help carry his items, suggests he take his teddy bear and some books too. With all that to carry, Alfie can’t go far. But he does make it all the way deep into the backyard, still wearing his too-small beloved shoes. When he gets there,...more
Mrs. Knott
Loved this sweet story about Alfie, who protests his mom wanting to give away his favorite, red shoes. He solves his problem by running away. Lucky for Alfie his mom helps him pack for his long trip! Illustrations by the talented Lauren Castillo, accompany this sweet story!
This book had a fairly common theme: running away to escape. The mother was very obliging and helped her son, which intrigued me at first, because I wasn't sure what to expect. But then I saw how much stuff she gave him to carry, knowing he wouldn't be able to make it very far. It was an interesting compromise between the mother and the son. This story had a sweet message and a happy ending, I’d probably recommend.

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In this book Alfie is faced with a social issue that often occurs between parents and their children. Alfie wanted to do what he wanted to do, not what he his parents wanted him to do. So to avoid having to follow his mom's rules he decided to run away. However, sooner than later, Alfie realizes home might not be so bad after all.
Sharon Lawler
Alfie's favorite shoes are now too small and need to be replaced, and in protest, Alfie decides to run away to the far corner of the yard. His mom is ever so helpful in suggesting things he may need, including a hug in his bag. Children who don't like change, or have contemplated running away, will relate to this story
Judy Desetti
Who hasn't wanted to run away as a child? This is a story most kids will relate to. Meant for the very young, PK- 1. Alfie takes his beloved things and runs away rather than lose his favorite shoes. He makes it only to the backyard before he misses home. Illustrations are good and go well with the story.
Alfie runs away when his mom tells him to give up his shoes that are too small for him. Alfie's adventure only gets him as far as his backyard. This is a great story to share one-on-one with any child whose ever had a moment of stubborness.
When Alfie wants to run away, Mom is very understanding and helpful. The progression of the story is seamless and so natural. Alfie even figures out how to solve the problem that was the catalyst for him to run away.
The "overload the would-be young runaway with heavy objects so they can't get far" thing has been done before, but the illustrations are adorable and the tale is nicely told.
Carrie Gelson
Alfie is upset and decides to run away announcing it emphatically. His mother "helps" him be ready. Absolutely captures the sentiments of both mother and child.
the concept of "running away" in anger didn't really make sense to my boys, but the 4 year old liked the idea of going on an adventure with a bear friend.
Mary Ann
This should be required reading for every parent. Tis a great example of allowing a child room to grow, yet protected.
A little boy learns that it might be better just to let his mother buy him a new pair of shoes.
Cute, cute book. I readit to my 5 year old and he loved it.
Enjoyed the story, illustrations were okay.
Very cute and funny.
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