Reviews - What do customers think about A Boot Fell from Heaven?
Simple on one level, deeper on another; Great Artwork! Mar 13, 2006
This children's picture book is simple on one level but deeper on another and is illustrated with wonderful collages and mixed media.
This tale begins with God, pictured as an elderly man, sitting on a cloud in Heaven. Then his boot accidentally falls off his foot and drops down to Earth. God goes down to retrieve the boot and is challenged by many different kinds of rude and unhelpful adults. People mistake God for a homeless man, an insane person, and a beggar. At one point God is arrested by the police and is put into jail and threatened with admittance to an institution.
In the end it is a little boy who found the boot and who gladly gives it to God. The little boy says he knew all along that it was God's boot and he wants to take time to talk with God.
My children enjoyed the book and on their own, interpreted it on a very simplistic, literal level.
This book could also serve as a jumping off point for discussions about heavier topics, if the parent initiates the discussion. This could also be used in a Sunday School or with a church group.
Similar to the `Five in a Row' homeschooling unit study books, this picture book could be used as a literature based unit study with discussions about character traits and also about the art style of the books illustration.
With my prompting my children and I had a more in depth discussion. Here are some things I think can be discussed: Why did the people not treat God well? Why did they think that people felt alright with not helping him? The issues with judging people based on their appearance. How all the adults were too busy to help God, why? Why taking the time to listen is good. Why being overly busy is not good. How some people try to solve problems by doing what they think is easiest or best even if that is not what the person who needs the help wants or is asking for. About respecting others despite their appearance. That people should respect the elderly. Why does the boy have more faith than the adults?
I absolutely loved the artwork in this book. The artwork has collaged elements and hand drawn elements. Some of the pages were ephemera (papers from our daily lives which were meant to be temporary) which are sometimes painted upon for further decoration (and the text underneath peeks through). On some pages, the many layers of collaged text implies a busy-ness and chaos on the city streets. My children and I enjoyed trying to identify the papers used in the collages. We spotted text in several languages. I found a paper listing stock market quotes, another listing American music bands and another listing Hollywood stars and movie titles. I was thrilled to see that part of the cover is illustrated with an article about the release of a Bruce Springsteen album (as he is my favorite musician)! I wish there were more children's picture books with interesting illustrations like this!
The publisher, Kane/Miller, is taking children's books which were first published in other countries, translating them to English if necessary, and republishing them for distribution in America. This book was originally published in Denmark.
My review is based on reading a complimentary copy from the publisher for the purpose of writing a review on my blog. Other than receiving a review copy of the book, I was not paid to write this review.
An inspiring story May 28, 2003
This book carries an important message -- one that all people can relate to.
In the book, "A Boot Fell From Heaven," by Kare Bluitgen, God loses one of his boots and travels down to earth from heaven asking others if they have seen it. But no one has the time to speak with him. Finally, a young boy tells God that he has his boot and the time to listen to his story.
MyParenTime recommends this book -- the collage-style illustrations help explain the story, which carries the message that we should all strive to achieve our goals no matter what obstacles get in our way. It also reminds us to slow down and take the time to listen to one another.