Before I go any further, I must confess that I recently found several typos in recent posts in which I accidentally used "your" instead of "you're". This is so embarrassing! So if you noticed that error and said to yourself, "I can't believe she did that. Tsk, tsk, tsk," rest assured I do know the difference between "your" and "you're." Sometimes when typing we all make mistakes, but that does not diminish my embarrassment! Argh! I hope I have corrected them all now, but if you ever see such an error, by all means, point it out to me!
Betty Lou Blue has gigantic feet and although her mother assures her that beauty comes from within, it's hard to get past the teasing she must endure from bullies like Jimmy Jack Jones. One day, during a sudden snow storm, Betty Lou must decide whether or not to use the power of her snowshoe-like feet for good or leave her tormentors to their fate. This is a children's book so you can guess her choice.
I'm not a very good judge of poetry, but Nancy Crocker's rhyming text seems adequate. However, it is Boris Kulikov's vibrant and appealing illustrations which make checking out this book worthwhile. There is something so magical about watching the snow fall over the city -- everything looks instantly clean and fresh. The kids in this book do what all city kids do as soon as the snow starts to come down: they head to the park. There isn't anything in the text that necessarily sets the story in the city, but the choice to do so works very well. The image of Betty Lou gazing out the upper story window at the swiftly falling snow collecting on rooftops and window grates is one every city dweller can relate to.
I thought Betty Lou Blue conveyed a useful message in an imaginative way and if your library has it on the shelves, it would be a cozy winter read. Not that NYC is experiencing winter this year, we just skipped right to an endless early spring.
Read an interview with the author at Seven Impossible Things.
Visit the illustrator's website or the author's website.
Read a review with some of the poetry at Big A little a.
I also enjoyed the Kulikov-illustrated book, The Castle on Hester Street.
Little Kid says: They are stuck in the snow.