Keeper of Soles

Keeper of Soles


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Keeper of Soles by Teresa Bateman, Yayo

Named an ALA Notable Children's Book and featured on many "Best of the Year" lists, this charming picture book, acclaimed for its superb storytelling and brilliant art, is now available in paperback.

Cloaked in black, Death has come to call on Colin the shoemaker. Thinking quickly, Colin notices that Death is barefoot and offers to make him some shoes. Death, completely befuddled, is fitted for sandals (as they'll go best with his robe) and leaves. Each time Death comes to call on Colin, he leaves with a sole, but never the one he intended. At last, Colin knows he has made Death every kind of shoe possible. What will happen when Death knocks on his door again?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823421374
Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date: 12/28/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Teresa Bateman is a children's author and school librarian. She remembers one particular pair of hiking boot soles, which happened to rest too close to a campfire and melted a bit. On the trek back out of the woods, her soles picked up nearly ten pounds of dirt, bark, and moss. "The thing I've found about shoes," she says, "is that they usually have memories attached to them."

Yayo is a native of Colombia who has been living in Montreal for many years. His art has been exhibited all over the world, including Japan, Brazil, France, Yugoslavia, Russia and most recently, Turkey. He has also illustrated several books for children in Quebec.

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