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.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Four Feet, Two Sandalsby Karen Lynn Williams, Doug Chayka, Khadra Mohammad, Doug Chayka
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… See more details below
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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Karen Lynn Williams has written several books about the difficult lives of children around the world, including Galimoto (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard), Tap-Tap (Clarion), and Circles of Hope (Eerdmans). Karen has lived in Haiti and Malawi, but now lives in Pit
Khadra Mohammed is the executive director of the Pittsburgh Refugee Center and has worked with refugees both in the U.S. and abroad for more than twenty years. She and Karen Lynn Williams previously collaborated on the acclaimed Four Feet, Two Sandals. Kh
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Lina, an Afghani girl and a member of a refugee camp in Pakistan, 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. Because she has not had any shoes to wear in the last two years she takes extra care in keeping her one sandal clean. One day, the owner of the other sandal, Feroza, tries to give her half of the sandals to Lina. Instead, Lina suggests they share: they take turns in wearing them each day. The two girls start to learn about how they each came to the refugee camp and soon become close friends. One day Lina is chosen to go to America, Feroza is not. Before Lina leaves, Feroza gives Lina her half of the pair of sandals so she would not go barefoot to America. Being given a new pair of shoes for her journey to America, she gives the sandals back to Feroza. Feroza can not keep the whole and gives one of the sandals back to Lina so she can remember her and their friendship. Williams' and Mohammed's book is very easy to read; sentences are simple and short, while full of meaning. The tone of the book is very inviting. Dough Chayka, the illustrator, has created lovely images of bright yellows, browns, and blues - this also invites the readers more as the pictures are warm and not somber. 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. This picture book is very uplifting and affecting, showing that friendships can be formed in any circumstance.