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Four Feet, Two Sandals
by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammad and Doug Chayka


Overview - When relief workers bring used clothing to a refugee camp in Pakistan, ten-year-old Lina is thrilled when she finds a sandal that fits her foot perfectly - until she sees that another girl has the matching shoe. But soon Lina and Feroza meet and decide that it is better to share the sandals than for each to wear only one.  Read more...

 
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Overview
When relief workers bring used clothing to a refugee camp in Pakistan, ten-year-old Lina is thrilled when she finds a sandal that fits her foot perfectly - until she sees that another girl has the matching shoe. But soon Lina and Feroza meet and decide that it is better to share the sandals than for each to wear only one. The girls discover the true meaning of friendship and sacrifice. "Four Feet, Two Sandals" honors the experiences of refugee children around the world, whose daily existence is marked by uncertainty and fear. Warm colors and bold brush strokes are the perfect complement to this story of courage and hope.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802852960
  • ISBN-10: 0802852963
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: August 2007
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 7-10


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Homelessness & Poverty
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Values & Virtues
Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - Asia

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 55.
  • Review Date: 2007-10-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

Based on Mohammed’s work with refugees in the city of Peshawar (on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border), this poignant story centers on two Afghani girls, each of whom ends up with half of a pair of sandals after relief workers bring used clothing to their refugee camp. Lina and Feroza agree to share the shoes, taking turns wearing them and sometimes each wearing one. They also share their stories: Lina tells of her family’s midnight flight after her father and sister were killed, and Feroza responds, “I have only my grandmother now.” After Lina learns that her family will be able to relocate to America, the girls go back and forth about who should keep the sandals, and ultimately decide to each keep one to better remember the other. Paired with Williams’s (Circles of Hope) straightforward narrative, Chayka’s (The Pink House at the Seashore) acrylic paintings, rendered in broad swaths of color, offer a glimpse of the seldom viewed, chore-filled lives of children in a refugee camp, where only boys can attend school and crowds fight for supplies and clothing. The bright yellow sandals, each decorated with a blue flower, shine against the muted desert landscape, a well-chosen and meaningful symbol of both privation and hope. Ages 7-10. (Oct.)

 
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