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Those Shoes Paperback – June 9, 2009
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"Whether children are on the shoe-owning or the shoe-envying side of the economic line, they can sympathize with Jeremy and rejoice in the way he eventually resolves his problem with his too-small shoes." -- -------- Horn Book, The 11/01/2007
Blue Ribbon Award, 2007 -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books,
Charlotte Zolotow Award, Highly Commended Book for 2007 -- Cooperative Children's Book Center
"Boelts blends themes of teasing, embarrassment and disappointment with kindness and generosity in a realistic interracial school scenario." -- Kirkus Reviews 09/15/2007
"Jones' autumn-toned illustrations wonderfully complement Boelts' sweet-natured main characters and non-didactic life lesson." -- Booklist 11/01/2007
December 2007 (circ. 3,000): "In this witty, wise picture book Boelts presents a kids-eye view of a consumer fad that rages through school at gale force." -------- -- -------- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review, The 12/05/2007 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Noah Z. Jones is the illustrator of NOT NORMAN: A GOLDFISH STORY, THE MONSTER IN THE BACKPACK, and WELCOME TO THE BED AND BISCUIT. He lives in Maine.
Top Customer Reviews
Empathy is the big word here. Some lucky children may not understand about the scene in the guidance counselor's office. Someone can't afford shoes? Other children will come to understand that they ar not alone in their needs.
This is a book about sharing that reaches out especially to boys! Kicks are important to them.
Everyone I have shared this book with has been touched by it. I highly recommend it for all elementary school age children.
This clever book contains a powerful lesson about differentiating between wants and needs in the face of tight budget constraints. At the same time, the subtle text and expressive illustrations communicate clearly a child's desire to conform. At a time when expensive shoes have become a high-status consumption good, Those Shoes comes out a winner for telling an appealing story to which readers across age groups can relate.
I read Those Shoes to all of the K-3 grades. One of our teachers decided to do a language arts lesson after listening to my lesson. It's good stuff. Students need more literature like this that pushes such an overwhelming message of kindness and generosity.
When I read it to a group, I ask, "Have you ever not gotten what you wanted, even if you thought you really needed it? How did that make you feel?" Even the "privileged" kids can relate.
Without being syrupy, this is the story of a kid who is just getting by; he wants the cool shoes the other kids have and knows he can never have them. He finds them--sort of, they are too small--in a consignment shop and manages to buy them, desperate to fit in. Meanwhile, the only kid who didn't laugh at him a few days ago doesn't have any shoes, either. Without giving too much away, I'll say the story ends with compassion and dignity. It's also miraculously brief; every word is important.
Since I am a librarian, I often have parents or teachers asking me for books on friendship. I've never seen one as well-written as this, and the illustrations round out the story perfectly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the lessons in this book, and my son (4-5) loves it too. It covers: coping with "feelings", peer pressure, needs vs wants. Read morePublished 4 days ago by A parent
In the time when bullying is increasing, this book will be a great help to encourage perseverance and responding to bullies.Published 14 days ago by M. Gamble
A teacher read aloud must! Brought tears to my eyes after the first read!Published 24 days ago by Adrienne Clemens
Fantastic book to teach selflessness to children! My 2nd graders love this book.Published 1 month ago by J.R.
Great story to share at home or in a classroom! Wonderful message!Published 1 month ago by Heather A.
This is a fantastic story, to teach children about empathy and what is important. One of my favorites!Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Tipton
I use this book in grade 1 and grade 3 to teach kindness. Love it!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer