Bridie’s Boots by Phil Cummings, illustrated by Sara Acton (Working Title Press)
HB RRP $24.99
Reviewed by Vicki Thornton
For her fifth birthday Bridie is given a pair of gumboots wrapped in rainbow paper. She loved these boots; they were the best boots ever.
When it rained they kept her feet dry as she crossed wild rivers.
When the sun came out she twirled on tiptoes and splashed in puddles.
Bridie wore her boots all that winter, but then the weather warmed and she put them away. For days, weeks, months and almost a year. And when winter returns her boots won’t fit. She’s grown out of them, but now is the time to send them on an adventure of their own.
To someone, somewhere, on the other side of the world.
This is a charming story of a little girl who dreams of adventures, and when her boots no longer fit, she sends them on an adventure too. To a little girl on the other side of the world, who will love them just as much as she did.
Sara Acton’s soft and delightful illustrations add to this story of passing time and passing things on. The simple addition of a seed being planted, then watered, flowering then dying back to nothing is a great visual of the passing of time.
Recommended for pre-schoolers, this would be a good book to read before that ‘yearly toy clean out’. Keeping the notion that someone else, somewhere in the world, will love your boots – or your toys - just as much as you do.