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Four Feet, Two Sandals Hardcover – September 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans; 1 edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802852963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802852960
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 12.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Karen Lynn Williams has written several books about the plight of children. She has lived in Haiti and Malawi, and now lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Khadra Mohammed is the executive director of the Pittsburgh Refugee Centre, and has worked with refugees in the United States and other countries for more than twenty years. Khadra lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.IllustratorDoug Chayka has illustrated several children's books. His work has also appeared in various publications, and has been honoured by the Society of Illustrators.Doug teaches illustration at the Pratt Institute and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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The book has beautiful illustrations in warm colors.
World peace
This book deals with the concepts of friendship, hardship, sharing, and the reality of life for some children in the world.
L.Walsh
A thoughtful yet serious picturebook, highly recommended for children's public library and personal collections.
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Format: Hardcover
Based on co-author Khadra Mohammed's experiences with refugees in Peshawar, a city on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Four Feet, Two Sandals is a children's picturebook about ten-year-old Lina and her young friend who each discover one of a wonderful pair of sandals. Together they must solve the problem of how to share one pair of sandles between four feet! As they wait and hope for their names to appear on a list for a new home, the sandals become a symbol of their fast friendship - a bond that will endure even when one of them finally has the opportunity to escape the hard conditions and live in a new land. The broad brush strokes of illustrator Doug Chayka draw the reader in to the harsh and barren world of the refugees, where positive human relationships are an particular treasure amid the daily difficulty of survival. A thoughtful yet serious picturebook, highly recommended for children's public library and personal collections.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on August 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Lina and Feroza, two young girls from Afghanistan living in a refugee camp in Pakistan, first meet after a frenzied crowd has jostled for used clothing that relief workers threw off the back of a truck. What could have been a misfortune, with each girl retrieving one sandal from a matching pair, turns out to be a stroke of luck as the girls take turns with the sandals and become friends. This friendship helps them to endure the hardships of their daily routines collecting water, washing clothes in the river, mourning lost family members, and caring for younger siblings while boys in the camp attend school. The sandals later take on a symbolic role when one of the girls leaves camp for a new home.

This moving book provides an effective tool for teaching about what it means to be a refugee, how children in refugee camps spend their time, and how the experiences can differ for girls and boys. Although the topic may be weighty and difficult, the tone is relatively subtle and hopeful so as to appeal to young readers. Intertwined with the touching story are valuable economics lessons about scarcity, human resources, wants, and needs. The dramatic artwork and compelling text work well together to make reading this book a memorable experience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jay Jayapalan on March 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Four Feet Two Sandals was written by the authors in response to a request from girls in a refugee camp for a story about girls like them. I suspect that there are only a few books for children that increase awareness of the plights of refugee children around the world. This book gives a glimpse of their lives to adult and young readers alike through colorful illustrations and language suitable for young readers. It teaches about scarcity of resources and sharing. It vividly illustrates a friendship based on sharing of one pair of sandals and the hardships experienced by two girls. In addition to being a book that parents would want to share with their children, it will enhance the collection of any community or faith-based library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vivian Fransen on July 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"Four Feet, Two Sandals" is a powerful book,
introducing readers to the experience of
refugee children in Pakistan. This is an
excellent teaching tool for having conversations
about sharing, donating and receiving clothes
and shoes, and developing friendships. Bravo!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Abanana on July 28, 2008
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A realistic, powerful and touching children's story that takes a lesson on sharing what we have on a deeper level than most children experience in the States.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L.Walsh on June 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book deals with the concepts of friendship, hardship, sharing, and the reality of life for some children in the world. It is sad but heartwarming. The large number of children around the world being displaced because of war, famine, natural disasters and more make this book an important tool in helping to discuss this uncomfortable subject with your children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WES 1 on January 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
We are a 1st grade class at Francis Wakeland Elemantary School of International Studies. Our class loved this book, "Four Feet, Two Sandals", because it teaches young children to share things. We learned that children in Pakistan do not have the same opportunities that American children have. We also started an action project called, "Shoes for Souls" to donate shoes to other people that do not have good shoes. The first reason why we liked this book, is we all felt like we could be a good friend to someone else. Another reason why we liked this book is because it helped us realize that even though we are only 6 and 7 years old we can help others around the world. Lastly, we liked this book because the author helped us have emotions for the characters in this book. We would strongly recommend this book to people of any age. This book has several lessons that can be taught!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Leppla on December 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Lina, a member of a refugee camp, finds a yellow sandal with a blue flower after relief workers drop cloths off at her camp. Lina finds another girl is wearing the other half of the pair of sandals; she tries to talk to the girl but the girl walks away. Because she hasn't had any shoes to wear in the last two years she takes care to keep her sandal clean when she does chores. While doing chores the girl from the day before, Feroza, tried to give her half of the sandals to Lina, but Lina suggested that they share: they each wear the whole pair taking turns every other day. So this is what they did. The two girls started to learn about how they each came to this refugee camp and became close friends. One day Lina saw her name on the list of people who were to go to America, Feroza's name was not on the list. Feroza gave Lina the pair of sandals so she would not go barefoot to America. Before bording the bus to America, Lina gave the sandals backt o Feroza as she had a new pair for her journey. However, Feroza gave one sandal back for Lina to remember her by and their friendship.

Williams books is very easy to read as she has written in short and simple sentences, providing nothing complex. Her tone also invited the reader into the story, coinciding with the theme and plot. The illustrator, Dough Chayka has created lovely images, of bright yellows, browns, and blues - this also invites the readers more as the pictures are not somber in any way.

While the setting is in a Pakistan refugee camp, the overall theme of this picture book is "sharing". Even in the hardest of times and places, sharing still matters and counts. The characters of this picture book, Lina and Feroza, are developed through their friendship which started through the act of sharing.

I found this picture book to be very uplifting and affecting. I do wish more picture books were as wonderful as this one.
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