Four Feet, Two Sandals

Four Feet, Two Sandals

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When relief workers bring used clothing to the refugee camp, everyone scrambles to grab whatever they can. 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.

As the girls go about their routines -- washing clothes in the river, waiting in long lines for water, and watching for their names to appear on the list to go to America -- the sandals remind them that friendship is what is most important.

Four Feet, Two Sandals was inspired by a refugee girl who asked the authors why there were no books about children like her. With warm colors and sensitive brush strokes, this book portrays the strength, courage, and hope of refugees around the world, whose daily existence is marked by uncertainty and fear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802852960
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/15/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 91,966
Product dimensions: 12.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

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 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Khadra Mohammed is the executive director of the Pittsburgh Refugee Center and has worked with refugees in the United States and abroad for more than twenty years. Khadra lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Doug Chayka has illustrated several children's books, including Beekeepers by Linda Oatman High and Yanni Rubbish by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim (both Boyds Mills), and The Pink House at the Seashore by Deborah Blumenthal (Clarion). His work has also appeared in various publications, and has been honored by the Society of Illustrators. Doug teaches illustration at the Pratt Institute and lives in Brooklyn, New York. "

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Four Feet, Two Sandals 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
NMkimdykstra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Response:I thought this was a very good book for a few reasons. 1. It shows kids what happens when we donate things to those in other countries and why these donations are so special. 2. This book really makes you think about how much you really have. 3. The friendship between the two little girls is really precious.I thought it was neat that the author said this book was written because a refugee child had asked the author why there were not books about other children like her.School/Library uses:I think going along with my personal response, this shows kids how desperate people in other countries are for some of the things we take for granted. Perhaps this book could spur a donation drive.
Aridy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story of a friendship found between two Afghani girls who are living in a refugee camp in Pakistan. The friendship begins with the sharing of a pair of sandals, but continues on even as the friends are split apart. As one girl and her family are sent to live in America and the other is left behind, there is still a hope that someday they will meet again.
SarahWilmot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of a realistic fiction book because it combines real events with imagined characters in order to create an engaging text. The author takes facts about refugee camps and adds characters and a plotline that reflects the life of many around the world.Illustration: acrylics
keatkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Touching story of friendship between two young girls who share one pair of sandals in a refugee camp on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Inspired and based on the author's personal experience working with Afghan refugees.
mchristman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of realistic fiction because it is about an important issue in our world. Lina and Feroza live in a refugee camp in Pakistan and neither one of them has shoes. When they each find one of a pair of sandals, they decide to share them, even when Lina goes to America.Age Appropriateness: Primary/ Intermediate
pjw1173 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very touching story about two Afghan refugees who share a pair of sandals (and friendship) while they live in a refugee camp. A great mentor text that shows how war affects more than just those who fight as well as a good book for showing how others around the world live their lives with less possessions/technology.
PatriciaJL More than 1 year ago
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.