Those Shoes Book
Those Shoes Book
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Those Shoes

Written by Maribeth Boelts and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

Published by Turtleback Books


Publisher's Summary

Jeremy, who longs to have the black high tops that everyone at school seems to have but his grandmother cannot afford, is excited when he sees them for sale in a thrift shop and decides to buy them even though they are the wrong size.

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  • Age Range: 5-8
  • Pages: 34
  • Book Type: picture
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2009
  • ISBN: 0763642843
  • ISBN 13: 9780763642846
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Those Shoes has a great lesson about sharing, even when we have very little ourselves. Jeremy lives with his grandma and they don't have a lot of money for extra things, even though Jeremy really wants a special pair of shoes. Eventually, Jeremy finds the shoes he wants at a thrift shop and purchases them even though they are a bit too small. Later, he notices that Antonio, another boy at school, has shoes that are held together with tape. What Jeremy decides to do next is a great example of kindness and empathy. The message isn't at all subtle, but it's valuable and a great opportunity to talk with young readers about having an outward-looking perspective.

Maribeth Boelts

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