Ruby Red Shoes

I read lots of children’s books. Every so often, one comes along that is remarkable, quite different to anything else and an absolute treasure.

Ruby Red Shoes by Kate Knapp is such a book.

The very first thing I noticed about this gorgeous book was how it appealed to the senses – descriptions of the scent of violets, the crunch of carrots, the warmth of a cosy chair and the like are peppered through the simple story of a little hare named Ruby and her grandmother, Babushka Galina Galushka.

“There are generous teacups for hot drinks, feathery quilts to snuggle up in, jars of colourful buttons and posies of flowers in pots and jugs.”

and this: “The washing line makes happy snapping noises as the billowy linen tries to fly away with the wind.”

It is truly delightful. But buried in these sweet observations is a deeper message – be gentle and kind and care for all living things. As Babushka Galushka tells Ruby,

“Feelings are just like delicate birds’ eggs… Be as gentle as you can with them.”

Knapp’s sweet, delicate illustrations match the text perfectly. Like Ruby, take the time to savour this delightful book.

Find Ruby Red Shoes online at Readings.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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