Marshall and his green high-tops
Marshall and his green high-tops
by Camille Blue Amy
Marshall and his green high-tops is the story of a sweet little Marshall Mouse who lives with his doting parents Mortimer and Mabel and uncles Grant and David. Marshall longs to wear green high-top sneakers just like humans do to protect their feet. With those special shoes, Marshall believes he will be better at this favorite game of baseball. Uncle Grant warns that mice don’t wear shoes, but then the kindly uncle becomes part of the family plan to make the shoes a birthday surprise for Marshall. Will the shoes help Marshall improve his game or will his uncle’s words prove true?
Age Range: 4 - 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Camille Blue Amy; first edition (September 2, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.2 x 8.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
"The sight of a little brown mouse wearing green high-tops is reason alone for buying this book."
This warm tale brought back memories of getting brand new sneakers for the school year. There was nothing better than slipping on a glistening white pair and parading around school in new kicks! It made me feel as though I could run faster, jump higher, and do anything. The underlying theme that we don't need shoes or material things to make us special is a wonderful reminder in a day when we're surrounded by commercials, and marketing efforts. As Marshall finds out, you must be careful what you wish for, because it might not be all it's cracked up to be.
Book review of Marshall and His Green High-Tops
By L. Michael Hellums on March 30, 2009
My two sons and I have had the pleasure of reading Marshall and His Green High-Tops by Camille Blue Amy. This is a fascinating short story with a good message for both children and adults. The book is laid out in a format that was very easy for even my seven-year-old son to read and the illustrations by Lorena Pugh are fantastic.
Marshall daydreamed of having something no other mouse had, his own pair of green high-top sneakers. He just knew that a pair of those sneakers would make him an even better baseball player than he already was. Mortimer, Marshall's dad wanted to surprise his son with the best birthday present a mouse could ever get. With the help of family, they handmade Marshall his own personal pair of.... you guessed it, green high-top sneakers. Marshall was so excited he got what he had been wishing for all along. But it doesn't take as long for him to realize you must be careful what you wish for.
The illustrations by Lorena Pugh alone are worth the price of the book but combined with Camille's story make a fascinating tale (or tail if you like).
By Alice Berger on March 16, 2009
Marshall and his family live high in the attic above the laundry room. One day Marshall spies a pair of green high-tops that one of the children in the house owns. He thinks they're really nifty and wishes he could have a pair just like them.
After begging and pleading with his family, he finally receives them as a birthday gift. But the sneakers don't give him the results he expected.
Marshall and His Green High-tops is a cute story that reminds us all that we need to be very careful what we wish for. And illustrator Lorena Pugh has created a charming little mouse family in bright vibrant color. While we may think we know best, sometimes things just don't work out the way we want them to.
An important lesson beautifully illustrated
By odona on September 17, 2009
In "Marshall and his Green High-Tops" Camille Blue Amy has approached the age old adage about "being careful of what you wish for" from a direct and refreshing perspective.
Marshall, a young mouse, spots a beautiful green pair of human sneakers and decides that having a pair just like them will make his life complete. His family bends over backwards to arrange a pair for him, but his delight is crushed when he finds that they render him incapable of running normally and playing the ball game he loves. In admitting his mistake to his family he absorbs this most important of lessons.
Gorgeously illustrated by Lorena Pugh.
A useful lesson for adults and children
February 20, 2009
How often we wish for something that we think will make our lives wonderful, but when we actually get it, that's far from the case. This is the lesson that Marshall, the mouse, learns in this story. The text is clearly laid out and easy to read (although I personally would have preferred a coloured background to these pages) and the pictures are delightful. I could, however, have wished for a few more illustrations to enhance some of the other situations described in the text. It is a story with a useful lesson that both adults and children can benefit from, but for me it lacked a bit of drama/tension/excitement.