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Louise the Big Cheese and the La-Di-Da Shoes    by Elise Primavera & Diane Goode order for
Louise the Big Cheese and the La-Di-Da Shoes
by Elise Primavera
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Simon & Schuster, 2010 (2010)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

I really hate my old, worn, squeaky, brown tie shoes. They are so not in. In fact, they are totally terrible and make me feel totally uncool. My older sister Penelope has some really nice patent pumps, so I asked if I could borrow them.

She said 'No way, Louise! These shoes are only for la-di-da occasions, not school!' What a bummer! But then I knew I just had to get a pair of la-di-da shoes with sparkles on them so I could be a big cheese like Penelope.

When my mom took me shopping for a pair of new shoes, I thought, 'Now's my chance to get the shoes that will make people notice me.'

Well, fat chance! My mom disregarded my desires and we came home with another pair of oh-so-uncool, brown tie shoes. Then to make it worse, my best friend, Fern, walked into school the next day wearing an unbelievable pair of - you guessed it - LA-DI-DA SHOES!

Even worse, Fern began acting like the BIG CHEESE in the class and that put a real strain on our friendship. In fact, by the end of the day I didn't like her any more. But then something really strange happened and I realized la-di-da shoes might not really be all that wonderful.

I'll let you read my picture book to see what I discovered about Fern's shoes and why we quickly became friends again. There's probably a good message in my story too, but I think I'll let you figure it out. Like me, you might decide that owning la-di-da stuff and wanting to be a big cheese may not always be such a totally radical idea!

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