The Sandal Artist

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An aspiring artist discovers the beauty of everyday life. Since Roberto hopes to be a renowned artist one day, he only paints bright and vibrant scenes. He refuses to paint images of the poor children playing or old Stefano and his donkey. One day, a cobbler lends Roberto a pair of sandals and whispers that they may allow him to see the world in a new light. As he wears the sandals, Roberto soon begins to value his surroundings and the virtues of other people.

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Overview

An aspiring artist discovers the beauty of everyday life. Since Roberto hopes to be a renowned artist one day, he only paints bright and vibrant scenes. He refuses to paint images of the poor children playing or old Stefano and his donkey. One day, a cobbler lends Roberto a pair of sandals and whispers that they may allow him to see the world in a new light. As he wears the sandals, Roberto soon begins to value his surroundings and the virtues of other people.

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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: 1,488,125
  • 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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