The Sandal Artist

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Though Roberto-a young artist-struggles to put bread on his table, he believes that he will soon achieve wealth and fame by creating beautiful scenes with his paintbrush. Roberto refuses to paint images of the poor village children or Old Stefano and his donkey.

One day, a cobbler lends the artist a pair of sandals to wear while he mends Roberto's shoes. The cobbler then whispers: "There are some who say that if you wear another man's shoes, you will see the world with his eyes ...

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Overview

Though Roberto-a young artist-struggles to put bread on his table, he believes that he will soon achieve wealth and fame by creating beautiful scenes with his paintbrush. Roberto refuses to paint images of the poor village children or Old Stefano and his donkey.

One day, a cobbler lends the artist a pair of sandals to wear while he mends Roberto's shoes. The cobbler then whispers: "There are some who say that if you wear another man's shoes, you will see the world with his eyes and feel it with his heart." When Roberto returns to his village, he suddenly perceives the splendor in everyday life and begins to paint with inspiration.

Illustrations reminiscent of works from the Renaissance complement this story that reminds us all of our own inner greatness.

A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Kathleen T. Pelley grew up listening to fairytales and developed an affinity for storytelling at an early age. She has authored numerous children's books and contributed stories to such publications as Hopscotch and Cricket. A member of the Authors Guild and the Colorado Authors' League, Pelley received a BA in history from Edinburgh University. She lives in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Award-winning illustrator Lois Sprague has provided artwork for children's books and such publications as Christianity Today and Decision Magazine. She also performs live art on stage, which allows the audience to watch an image come to life. Sprague holds degrees in fine art and graphic art from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Her work is displayed in galleries and exhibitions around the country. A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Sprague lives in Colorado with her husband and five children-and the occasional bear.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—In this original parable, an artist named Roberto seeks greatness by focusing his talent only on what is superficially beautiful and passes by lesser subjects such as ragged children and an old peddler, declaring that great artists paint only "bright and wonderful things." One day, Roberto takes his shoes to the cobbler to fix, and the cobbler lends him an old pair of sandals, telling him that by wearing someone else's shoes, "you will see the world with his eyes and feel it with his heart." On his journey home, he finally notices the intrinsic beauty of those around him and desires to paint them. Asking the cobbler whose shoes he's been wearing, the cobbler responds, "Some say that they were the shoes of a fisherman. Others say that he was a carpenter." As might be expected with a moral tale, the text has a didactic quality that is both predictable and implicitly religious. Added to this, the somber hues and heavy brush strokes of the full-page illustrations, while deftly painted in an impressionistic style, ultimately overwhelm the text. The result is a book that is well meaning and visually striking, but not entirely successful. Still, those looking for something with a strong and obvious message might find it appealing.—Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589809109
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/15/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 588,315
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

KATHLEEN T. PELLEY is an elementary-school teacher and the author of numerous children's books. Her accolades include the Colorado Book Award and the Bank Street Best Book Award. Pelley is a member of the Colorado Authors' League and the Authors Guild.

Award-winning illustrator Lois Sprague has provided art work for children's books, along with such publications as Christianity Today and Decision Magazine. Her accolades include a Faculty Award of Superior Achievement and a Purchase Award from the Quincy Art Club. In addition to participating in exhibits around the country, Sprague conducts "live art" on stage. She graduated from the American Academy of Art and lives in Woodland Park, Colorado.

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