Grandma's Shoes

Grandma's Shoes

by Libby Hathorn, Elivia Savadier

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Grandma is dead and her little granddaughter mourns and remembers all the happy times they shared. Each time she slips on Grandma's shoes, she is magically transported and continues her search to find Grandma. When they finally met, Grandma tells her she can never come back, that she likes it where she is, and that when the little girl's feet grow to fit the shoes, then she will no longer be a child. A beautiful story of healing and the acceptance of a loved one's death.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-After Grandma's death, family and friends comment sadly, ``Who could ever step into such a woman's shoes.'' Her granddaughter wonders, too, who could ever do all that Grandma did to make people happy. Under a chair in the room the two of them shared is the key to understanding: a pair of Grandma's shoes. When the girl slips into them, she is whisked away on a fantasy journey filled with the smell of the woman's garden, the soft brush of butterfly wings like the touch of her hands, reminders of her stories. One night, she actually hears Grandma's singing, she sees her smiling face, and Grandma tells her that someday as an adult she will be the one to fill her shoes. (Younger children will need the comfort of an adult to interpret this after-death encounter.) Warm family support is nicely interwoven with fantasy/ dreams, presenting a sense of security; a younger sister listening to the girl's stories gives the feeling of continuity so necessary when children experience the death of someone dear. In the watercolor and pencil paintings, the dream/fantasy scenes are bright and abstract, while homey vignettes in softer, more subdued tones evoke the love and the legacy the woman imbued in her family. An important addition to picture-book collections.-Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE

Product Details

Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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