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To coincide with a major V&A exhibition: the best shoe stories from around the world Red shoes, golden slippers, seven-league boots... Just step into the shoes of princes and princesses, ogres and orphans, cats and rabbits, and discover a fascinating fairy-tale world of footwear.Did you know that long ago Cinderella lived in China? That dogs in America wear boots? And t To coincide with a major V&A exhibition: the best shoe stories from around the world Red shoes, golden slippers, seven-league boots... Just step into the shoes of princes and princesses, ogres and orphans, cats and rabbits, and discover a fascinating fairy-tale world of footwear.Did you know that long ago Cinderella lived in China? That dogs in America wear boots? And that a small pair of shoes in France can fall in love?With original illustrations by Lucie Arnoux, this is a timeless and captivating collection of fairy tales and folktales, whose footprints have lasted through the generations, over the centuries, and all around the world.


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To coincide with a major V&A exhibition: the best shoe stories from around the world Red shoes, golden slippers, seven-league boots... Just step into the shoes of princes and princesses, ogres and orphans, cats and rabbits, and discover a fascinating fairy-tale world of footwear.Did you know that long ago Cinderella lived in China? That dogs in America wear boots? And t To coincide with a major V&A exhibition: the best shoe stories from around the world Red shoes, golden slippers, seven-league boots... Just step into the shoes of princes and princesses, ogres and orphans, cats and rabbits, and discover a fascinating fairy-tale world of footwear.Did you know that long ago Cinderella lived in China? That dogs in America wear boots? And that a small pair of shoes in France can fall in love?With original illustrations by Lucie Arnoux, this is a timeless and captivating collection of fairy tales and folktales, whose footprints have lasted through the generations, over the centuries, and all around the world.

46 review for In Their Shoes: Fairy Tales and Folktales

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elevetha

    *An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* 1.5 stars. If this is a collection of "the best shoe stories from around the world", then hoo boy, we need some better shoe stories, I tell you what. I must note that I went into this thinking it might be somewhat cute or charming, and of course, it wasn't, because the modern idea of fairytales and what fairytales actually used to be are completely different. But that was my fault. But it doesn't act *An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* 1.5 stars. If this is a collection of "the best shoe stories from around the world", then hoo boy, we need some better shoe stories, I tell you what. I must note that I went into this thinking it might be somewhat cute or charming, and of course, it wasn't, because the modern idea of fairytales and what fairytales actually used to be are completely different. But that was my fault. But it doesn't actually matter, because expectations or not, this was not pleasant to read. For one thing, maybe it's just a classic fairytale thing and I've forgotten, but all these stories were written so stilted and devoid of any and all emotion or meaning. It made them either hard to read or incongruously humorous. "She went up, and was horribly astonished when she saw her seven daughters with their throats cut and lying in their own blood. She fainted away, for this is the first expedient almost all women find in such cases." Oh. Okay, then. The best story was by far the earliest version of Cinderella we know of, but even that was more plain interesting than actually enjoyable. Some of the stories were just plain boring or horrifying, and a couple of them didn't have much to do with shoes and you could tell whoever put this together was grasping at straws for another "shoe story". And while I suppose technically you could put mythology under "folklore", I wasn't expecting to see Perseus and Hermes in this collection. Not related to the rating but worth mentioning was that my e-copy of this was missing letters from words?? It made it kind of a chore to read and hard on the eyes.

  2. 5 out of 5

    stefiereads

    3.5 stars. Some of the stories are pretty known, but were told in different story which is great. There are total 9 stories :) It’s a cute little book that fairytales or folktales lover might want to add into their collection. I enjoyed most of the stories as they came from different part of the world. My favourites would be “A Pair of Shoes” & “The Red Shoes”. Another thing I like about this book is the little background that is provided in each story :) So you get to know a bit more about the auth 3.5 stars. Some of the stories are pretty known, but were told in different story which is great. There are total 9 stories :) It’s a cute little book that fairytales or folktales lover might want to add into their collection. I enjoyed most of the stories as they came from different part of the world. My favourites would be “A Pair of Shoes” & “The Red Shoes”. Another thing I like about this book is the little background that is provided in each story :) So you get to know a bit more about the author. What doe not work for me is... there is one story that I just have to skip because the writing... “dey wuz one time w’en ole Brer Rabbit ‘is bleedzd ter go ter town atter sump’n n’er fer his fambly, an’ he mos’ ‘shame’ tee go kaze his shoes done wo’ teetotally out,” I mean, it’s too confusing for me, but perhaps some people would be okay with it. All in All it was a great and enjoyable read :) *Thank you so much Pushkin Press for the copy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    This is the most charming little book I've ever owned I think, with beautiful illustrations by Lucie Arnoux and unforgettable fairy tales I remember reading from my childhood. My most favourite tale in the book being The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Andersen who I have always greatly admired. A girl who who is given a beautiful pair of red shoes and decides to wear them to church, much to the dismay of her relatives and everyone of the congregation. An old man turns them into magic shoes that mak This is the most charming little book I've ever owned I think, with beautiful illustrations by Lucie Arnoux and unforgettable fairy tales I remember reading from my childhood. My most favourite tale in the book being The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Andersen who I have always greatly admired. A girl who who is given a beautiful pair of red shoes and decides to wear them to church, much to the dismay of her relatives and everyone of the congregation. An old man turns them into magic shoes that make her dance all day and night, the trouble starts from there. It's a funny tale where absurd things happen but that's what fairy tales are all about! A couple of the fairy tales I wasn't so keen on were written quite differently and it was hard to concentrate on reading each word and trying to take in the plot. Nethertheless, this is an adorable read. Each night I read one story and it amazes me reading back at how dark they were. I mean some of them are rather brutal, especially a tale told by one of the Grimm brothers who are famously known for introducing the world to our favourite tales such as Snow White. Anyone who loves a fairytale I strongly recommend you get this book. It's filled with beautiful illustrations (one shown in the above picture of Puss in Boots) and a few have a moral at the end of the story. Like a lot of fairy tales and fables there's a message behind each one that is there to teach you a lesson in life, I find them rather adorable and interesting to read. They give you some time to think as to when these tales can be applied to real life, if anything they give you some advice on life. I'm excited to get my hands on some more fairytale compilation books, I think they're brilliant!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lois R. Gross

    The common thread of these diverse folk and fairy tales is shoes. Each story, retold in brief, by the compiler, is a tale about someone whose fate is figuratively in their feet. From several versions of Cinderella, to the Greek myth of Perseus, to Hans Christian Andersen's tear-jerker, "The Red Shoes", each story is well told and actually would lend itself well to the voice of a storyteller. In a ""best for last" tradition, a lesser know story called, "A Pair of Shoes" about a named and loving p The common thread of these diverse folk and fairy tales is shoes. Each story, retold in brief, by the compiler, is a tale about someone whose fate is figuratively in their feet. From several versions of Cinderella, to the Greek myth of Perseus, to Hans Christian Andersen's tear-jerker, "The Red Shoes", each story is well told and actually would lend itself well to the voice of a storyteller. In a ""best for last" tradition, a lesser know story called, "A Pair of Shoes" about a named and loving pair of footwear who try to devise ways never to be separated was, by far, my favorite. The brevity of the stories makes this a good pick for reading aloud or for chapter book readers not yet ready for Harry Potter length tomes. No illustrations appear in the ARC. Nonetheless, this is a book that might fit well in most comprehensive fairy tale collections.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emma Andje

    *actual rating is 3.5 stars*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alanoud Alajmi

    Some of them I already knew but others were new to me and so wonderful, especially "The Pair of Shoes". The best part of this book is that after each fairytale, they provide a background of where it was originated and by whom. Some of them I already knew but others were new to me and so wonderful, especially "The Pair of Shoes". The best part of this book is that after each fairytale, they provide a background of where it was originated and by whom.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This little book is just beautiful! Although this is marketed for the children's audience adults will enjoy this little gem just as much. This is a collection of short stories, which are all old fairy tales or folktales from around the world. When reading, some of these I did find shocking, considering they are for children. In example The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Anderson has moments of gore and horror in it. My favourite story was The Story of Yexian, this is the earliest known to date stor This little book is just beautiful! Although this is marketed for the children's audience adults will enjoy this little gem just as much. This is a collection of short stories, which are all old fairy tales or folktales from around the world. When reading, some of these I did find shocking, considering they are for children. In example The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Anderson has moments of gore and horror in it. My favourite story was The Story of Yexian, this is the earliest known to date story of Cinderella, set in China. Although it is different to the Cinderella we know today, you can quite clearly see the similarities of it. Some of the stories I found a little difficult to follow and my attention began to drift. However, I enjoyed the majority of the stories, just at times I couldn't believe how dark they were, saying that though the Grimm Brothers are well known for their dark fairy tales. If you are a fairy tale lover this is certainly a little book to add to your collection. I liked how short the book was as a whole but included a lot of stories. These are perfect for reading just before you go to be as they are short enough for you to enjoy a whole story before falling asleep! I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Trudie

    Received on Netgalley. A book with the retellings of different well know (and not so well known) tales. At the end of each story there is a little note about it, who wrote it, when it was written, little tidbits like that. I like that, especially since there are some stories in there that I had never heard of before. This book is a fantastic resource for use in the classroom for different topics, such as traditioanl tales, tales from other cultures and countries, and obviously fairytales. There a Received on Netgalley. A book with the retellings of different well know (and not so well known) tales. At the end of each story there is a little note about it, who wrote it, when it was written, little tidbits like that. I like that, especially since there are some stories in there that I had never heard of before. This book is a fantastic resource for use in the classroom for different topics, such as traditioanl tales, tales from other cultures and countries, and obviously fairytales. There are many children that I would recommend this book to, but I would certainly suggest that adults take a look as well, particularlly if they have an interest in fairytales.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tamara✨

    So this was not at all what I was expecting or hoping it would be. I knew most of the "original" fairy tales that were included, and I was hoping that there would be more of a variety or at least ones I hadn't read of before. Whatever, I guess it makes sense that it was more or less created for the Shoe Exhibition at the V&A. I'll probably try and gift this to someone else or donate it somewhere. https://hercommonplaceblog.wordpress.... So this was not at all what I was expecting or hoping it would be. I knew most of the "original" fairy tales that were included, and I was hoping that there would be more of a variety or at least ones I hadn't read of before. Whatever, I guess it makes sense that it was more or less created for the Shoe Exhibition at the V&A. I'll probably try and gift this to someone else or donate it somewhere. https://hercommonplaceblog.wordpress....

  10. 4 out of 5

    thebookiereviewer

    With this book it was love at first sight! Who does not remember reading this old classics when a child on class or perhaps as bed time stories? This title gets a some well known and others who are less famous but not less valuable ones. I absolutely loved getting to read them and to once again feel as if I was getting to read them for the first time. Disclaimer: I got a copy from netgalley for my honest review

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    I would like to thank Edelweiss and Pushkin Children's Books for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This is a sweet little book full of traditional fairytales featuring shoes. The stories where well chosen and I enjoyed reading them, most of the stories where new to me making it a bit more interesting. price: free via edelweiss #COYER I would like to thank Edelweiss and Pushkin Children's Books for a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This is a sweet little book full of traditional fairytales featuring shoes. The stories where well chosen and I enjoyed reading them, most of the stories where new to me making it a bit more interesting. price: free via edelweiss #COYER

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Cute idea, but ultimately the concept of shoes isn't enough to make all of these stories work together as a collection. Cute idea, but ultimately the concept of shoes isn't enough to make all of these stories work together as a collection.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jmgrey

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  17. 4 out of 5

    MayorEmma

  18. 5 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

  20. 4 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Asta Eggertsen Ravn

  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

    Daniel H.

  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

    Kylie Cantwell

  26. 4 out of 5

    Whatthelog

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisette

  28. 5 out of 5

    Smriti Gupta

  29. 5 out of 5

    Abi ✨

  30. 5 out of 5

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  32. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

  33. 4 out of 5

    Lucia Kelly

  34. 4 out of 5

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  35. 4 out of 5

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  36. 4 out of 5

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  37. 5 out of 5

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  38. 5 out of 5

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