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Four Feet, Two Sandals

by Karen Lynn Williams, Khadra Mohammed

Other authors: Doug Chayka (Illustrator)

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Co-authors Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed spin an immensely poignant tale of two girls living in a refugee camp in Four Feet, Two Sandals. Lina and Feroza have both fled war-torn Afghanistan with their families, heading for the relative safety of nearby Pakistan. When relief workers pass out used clothing, Lina finds one yellow sandal with a blue flower on it, but discovers that its companion has been claimed by Feroza. At first each girl keeps her sandal to herself, but eventually they decide to share the pair, alternating days. From this beginning, friendship develops, but when Lina and her family are given permission to resettle in America, the two girls face being parted...

I found myself immensely moved while reading this story, which would make an excellent picture-book companion to books like Deborah Ellis's The Breadwinner and Parvana's Journey, which offer stories for older children about the turmoil in war-torn Central Asia, and the experience of Afghani refugees. The narrative is simple but immensely effective, painting a picture of two young children caught up in terrible events well beyond their control. Despite the losses they have suffered - Lina's father and sister were killed in the war, while Feroza's entire family perished, save for her grandmother - the girls find a way to be generous and loving with one another, modeling the best of the human spirit for young readers and listeners. The artwork by Doug Chayka, done in acrylic paint, has a soft impressionistic feeling around the edges, but utilizes bright colors that capture the tones of that part of the world. Highly recommended to anyone looking for children's stories about refugees in general, or the experiences of people from Afghanistan in particular. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | May 25, 2017 |
I really liked this book, the characters in this book can teach us all a lesson about sharing. The story follows two refugee children who have decided to share the individual slippers they both found. This is a very good book to use when teaching. I used it to model the reading comprehension strategy making connections and was able to make strong connections to the text that help show readers message of the story. ( )
  Jgay2 | Apr 25, 2017 |
I thought this was a great book that expands children and their understanding of others. The illustrations bring the story to life and make it easier to connect to what we are reading about. This can help students understand the perspective of other people. I also like that the story includes different issues or challenges someone may face in real life which helps them to relate to this story. for example, we hear about Lina not wearing shoes, "Lina was ten, but she had not worn a shoe in 2 years." This can open the eyes of students who have not faced similar challenges while supporting those who have. I would recommend this to almost anyone, some of the content is a little more mature so teachers or parents should consider that when helping a child choose a book. Overall, it is a great book and can help teachers work with students with any things like sharing or relating to others. ( )
  epugli2 | Apr 9, 2017 |
This book was very enjoyable. The characters were very believable and humble. The two girls in the story had barely anything, yet they were willing to share what little they did have- a pair of sandals between the two of them. The one girl finally gets to go with her family to a country accepting refugees, and the other girl gives her the sandals to bring so that she can fit in to the country. The selflessness of the two girls makes the story very endearing. The perspective in the book is also very important for readers to pick up on: there are so many families living in refugee camps that are crowded and without many resources, yet the people have prayer and hope and that is uplifting. The moral of this story is that you should be kind to people and offer them what you have, and you will be rewarded eventually ( )
  LauraGraziano | Apr 3, 2017 |
I absolutely love this book for so many reasons. First, it tells a heart-warming story of the friendship between two girls. The characters are believable in the way they initially respond when they see that the other girl has the matching shoe. However, their eventual friendship leads them to a bond that even distance can't break. Secondly, this book touches on a difficult subject right now. Not only is the setting in the middle east, but it also tells of refugees coming to America. It is suitable for children of elementary age. As a future teacher, I would use this in the classroom as a way to address the touchy subject. A final reason I loved this book is for the illustrations. The story doesn't necessarily discuss the conditions of a refugee camp but the illustrations depict it well. I believe the big idea of this story sends a message of friendship. This is a universal message which any child can relate to. ( )
  lkilpa1 | Mar 13, 2017 |
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When relief workers bring used clothing to a refugee camp in Pakistan, 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. The girls discover the true meaning of friendship and sacrifice. "Four Feet, Two Sandals" honors the experiences of refugee children around the world, whose daily existence is marked by uncertainty and fear. Warm colors and bold brush strokes are the perfect complement to this story of courage and hope.

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Two young Afghani girls living in a refugee camp in Pakistan share a precious pair of sandals brought by relief workers.

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