Title: Louise the Big Cheese and the La-Di-Da Shoes
Author: Elise Primavera
Illustration: Diane Goode
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Concepts: wants and needs
Review: Although Louise Cheese lived in a modest house and had unpretentious parents, she wanted desperately to look like a big cheese. The ticket to success, she figured, was to replace her boring brown laced shoes wear a pair of shiny patent leather pumps with sparkles on the toes. A shopping expedition with mom certainly raised Louise’s hopes, but Mrs. Cheese was far too practical and simply purchased a new pair of brown laced shoes. Imagine Louise’s displeasure when the next day her best friend Fern skipped up the street in the very shoes Louise had desired. Could their friendship stand the test of the green eyed monster?
Cleverly intertwined in this humorous story is a basic economics lesson about wants versus needs, a lesson that children can appreciate at an early age. A feisty lead character and comical illustrations work well to engage young readers while they consider what it really means to act like a big cheese.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children