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.
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.
Noah Z. Jones is an author, illustrator, and animator who creates all sorts of zany and memorable characters. He has illustrated numerous books for children, including <i>Always in Trouble</i>, <i>Not Norman</i>, and <i>Those Shoes</i>. He is also the author and illustrator of Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe, an early chapter book series. He lives in California. To see more of his work, visit www.noahzjones.com.