My Shoes and I

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A timely and inspiring story. Mario is leaving his home in El Salvador. With his father by his side, he is going north to join his mother, who lives in the United States. She has sent Mario a new pair of shoes. He will need good shoes because the journey north will be long and hard. He and his father will cross the borders of three countries. They will walk for miles, ride buses, climb mountains, and cross a river. Mario has faith in his shoes. He believes they will take him anywhere. On this day, they will take...
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Overview


A timely and inspiring story. Mario is leaving his home in El Salvador. With his father by his side, he is going north to join his mother, who lives in the United States. She has sent Mario a new pair of shoes. He will need good shoes because the journey north will be long and hard. He and his father will cross the borders of three countries. They will walk for miles, ride buses, climb mountains, and cross a river. Mario has faith in his shoes. He believes they will take him anywhere. On this day, they will take him to the United States, where his family will be reunited.
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"This inspiring tale soars with real emotions. . . . Will be embraced by a wide audience of readers, young and old." --School Library Journal

"Offers a timely topic portrayed in an interesting, child-centered way." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Our young narrator in El Salvador loves the new shoes his mother has sent him from the United States for Christmas. He will need them for the long journey he and his father will take to join her. As they travel, he tries to care for them, repeating a Hispanic nursery rhyme told to reassure hurt children: "Sana, sana, colita de rana..." First, they take a bus to Guatemala City; there, the shoes pick up a nail. Then, they take more buses to Mexico City, where his father loses his wallet and, waiting for more money from his mother, they are caught in a storm; the shoes are soaked. More buses take them near the border. They slog through mud, climb the mountains, cross a river. The soles of the shoes are full of holes. The boy must rescue them from the water as he and his father meet with his mother at last. The shoes are always in focus as we move from page to page through the adventures. Details of landscapes and urban landmarks are vigorously and dramatically illustrated; figures are rendered in sculptured solidity. The intense textured colors reinforce the emotional climate of each scene. The shoes dominate the front of the book's cover; a final vignette of the shoes, repeated on the back, emphasizes their role. We are not told whether the immigration here is legal or illegal, only that it is a harrowing experience. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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K-Gr 3—In this story of an arduous journey, Mario and his father leave their home and friends in El Salvador for a reunion in the United States with Mamá. The child is sad to go, but his mother has sent a pair of new shoes that "will take me anywhere." Along the way, they face many obstacles: a pack of hungry dogs steals their food in Guatemala City and Papa loses his wallet at the bus terminal in Mexico City. They cross deserts, mountains, and rivers—and three borders. Mario's shoes become soiled, torn, and water-logged, but with each setback, he croons a lullaby: "Sana, sana, colita de rana" and reassures himself that everything will be okay. On the banks of the final river, Mario summons his resolve: "I become a horse. My shoes will ride on me. They are on my shoulder. "'Don't worry, shoes, we will cross the finish line,' I say to them." This inspiring tale soars with real emotions, even as it celebrates the resiliency of children. Vanden Broeck's color-drenched illustrations on weathered backgrounds add immediacy and detail. This moving, heartfelt tale of courage and perseverance will be embraced by a wide audience of readers, young and old.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590783856
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 1/2/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


René Colato Laínez is the Salvadoran award-winning author of many children’s books. In 1985, René, his shoes, and his father left El Salvador to come to the United States. Now, René lives in Los Angeles,
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