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The newspaper article Poor shoes get kids off on wrong foot from The Australian was dated 5th February 2004 and found in the Nation section It appeared on page five and explores the issue of children sport shoe sizes and the author Caitlin Fitzsimmons illustrates her view from the opening line She informs us that sport shoes cost up to 80 a pop and they rarely fit appealing to the readers sense of value and concern when it comes to the health and wellbeing of their children The large colour photo above the article attracts the readers attention with a large colour close-up shot of primary school student Harry Steeles feet this shows the reader that the article will be about feet or shoes The picture takes up two thirds of the total space The sophisticated equipment used by Annaliese Dowling to measure the childs feet and the look of concentration on her face give the article a more concerned and serious tone Both subjects in the photo take up a large proportion of the photo and it completes the article by making references to the subject of shoes and feet The headline Poor shoes get kids off on wrong foot is written in large font to help attract the readers attention and takes a pun on the familiar saying to get off on the wrong foot to draw the reader It appears in the centre of the page and this helps to make it stand out over the rest on the same page The article is aimed mainly at parents but children could also learn of the danger of having shoes that dont fit The reader is educated and warned that the sizes of childrens sport shoes are miscalculated and can lead to foot problems such as trivial blisters and increases the risk of foot fractures Fitzsimmons views are endorsed by two academics at the University of Wollongong who say that childrens
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