One Hundred Shoes

One Hundred Shoes


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Centipede has one hundred feet. One hundred feet means one hundred shoes. How in the world does Centipede choose shoes? This Math Reader clearly demonstrates the concepts of pairs and multiple sets, all in simple, rollicking, rhythmic text and with bright, graphic illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375821783
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 11/26/2002
Series: Step into Reading Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 425,772
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.16(d)
Lexile: 370L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 6 Years

About the Author

Charles Ghigna - Father Goose® lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama. He is the author of more than 100 books. He has written more than 5,000 poems for children and adults that have appeared in anthologies, newspapers and magazines ranging from The New Yorker and Harper’s to Highlights and Cricket magazines. He has served as poet-in-residence, instructor and chair of a creative writing department, poetry editor, and a nationally syndicated poetry feature writer. He speaks at schools, conferences, libraries, and literary events throughout the U.S. and overseas. For more information, visit his website at

Bob Staake's 2006 Golden Book The Red Lemon was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. His 2008 Golden Book The Donut Chef received glowing reviews from The Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly. In addition to his work with Random House, Bob's titles include Mary Had a Little Lamp (Bloomsbury), Look! A Book! (Little Brown), and Cars, Galore (Candlewick). Outside of his work in children's publishing, Bob's illustrations have also been seen on several popular New Yorker covers, including the 11/17/08 "Reflection" cover that is officially the most popular New Yorker cover of all time. In 2008, Bob was the recipient of Time magazine's 2008 Best Magazine Cover award.

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One Hundred Shoes 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
katitefft on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This early reader book is a great modern fantasy story that will also help readers learn to count to one hundred. This story is clever because it uses a conversation between the reader and a centipede to teach reader about one hundreds. It also engages the reader because it uses the silly idea of buying shoes for a centipede.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
Yesterday, my four-year-old son spotted his first millipede.  (My husband called it a centipede -- Thank goodness for Google!)  Anyway, the multi-footed creature soon became a math topic.  And that math topic led to me finding this book.  Although my little boy can read only a few words on his own, we have started incorporating "easy readers" into his story times.  They tend to be shorter, so instead of reading three books, we can easily read five books in the same amount of time.  They also tend to feature repetition and showcase certain words so that kids can learn to read on their own.  They can also be really boring for the adult reader.  Two things save One Hundred Shoes from falling into that final category:  Charles Ghigna's wit and Bob Staake's artwork.  One Hundred Shoes is a clever and rather sweet book in poem.  Charles Ghigna creates such wonderful "word pictures" that the poem could stand alone without illustration.  He also, however, creates such marvelous phrases that a talented illustrator can walk right in (pun intended), and Bob Staake does.  Bob Staake takes the witty phrases and amplifies them to the point of the hilarious with his brilliant and silly illustrations.  Every pages vibrates with activity and humor, but, as a Chucks girl, I have to say that my favorite two-page spread has the sneakers on it. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
ONE HUNDREDS SHOES: A Math Reader by Charles Ghigna. Random House. This week, Courtney took out 8 books from the library. I believe she took out so many because in school they are only allowed to take out 1 book a week whereas at the public library, there are no limits on how many books a child can take out. I'm reviewing the ones we liked the best first and One Hundred Shoes is definitely at the top of the list. All About One Hundred Shoes One Hundred Shoes is a Step into Reading math reader. It was written by Charles Ghigna and illustrated by Bob Staake. It has a copyright date of 2002 and was published by Random House Children's Books. According to the first page of this book, Step into Reading is designed to give every child a successful reading experience with the grade levels assigned to each book to be used as a guide for the parent to determine which book may be most suitable for their child to read. Step 1 - Ready to read, Preschool through Kindergarten, has big type and easy words. Rhyme and rhythm and picture clues. Step 2 - Reading with help, Preschool through grade 1, basic vocabulary, short sentences and simple stories. Step 3 - Reading on your own, Grades 1 to 3, engaging characters, easy to follow plots, popular topics. Step 4 - Reading paragraphs, Grades 2 to 3, challenging vocabulary, short paragraphs, exciting stories. Step 5 - Ready for chapters, Grades 2 to 4, chapters, longer paragraphs, full color art. One Hundred Shoes is a Step 2 book and has an ISBN# of 0-375-82178-3. The Story One Hundred Shoes is a rhyming story about a centipede and his feet, or rather, what he puts on them. Obviously, if he has a hundred feet he's going to need a lot of shoes and the poem is all about where and how he gets his shoes. Does he buy them in a mall or online? Does he wear slippers, clogs, sneakers, boots, sandals, loafers? Where does he put them all when he sleeps? These are all questions asked in the poem and in the end, the poem states he thinks he knows why the centipede walks around barefoot. Why We Recommend One Hundred Shoes One Hundred Shoes was an instant hit for both Courtney and myself. I really liked the educational aspect of it, which is simple but perfect for her grade level: 'Shoes come in pairs. Pairs are so nifty. Two shoes in each pair, so you will need fifty' Courtney loves shoes so she immediately took to this book. We both had fun looking at all the different shoes that the centipede was wearing. We pointed out which ones were boots and which ones were slippers and so on. We looked at the different designs and colors on them and just had a fun time reading the story. Another reason why One Hundred Shoes is a winner is because the words are written in large print and are simple. This is another book that Courtney can read all on her own therefore, it's been read many times already. All in all, One Hundred Shoes is a book that I would most definitely recommend to anyone with small children, especially if they are beginning to read on their own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have 2.5 and 3.5 year olds and they both enjoy this story at different levels. I had to stop them today after I read it four times - it's just a very catchy book. It's a hit!
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