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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 ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
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Lisa Vegan
Feb 23, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This title caught my eye because a friend of mine/the mother of one of my closest childhood friends, as a young American girl in the 1920s, had to share a pair of shoes with her sister; they could go outside and to school only one at a time. So, I was curious about this story.

I love that this book was written because a child asked why there weren’t any books about children like her. This is a story about two refugee girls who become friends.

The message seems to be that friendship and hope are wo
Feb 26, 2010 Anna rated it it was ok
I would have loved this if it wasn't for the sappy, "America-saves-the-day" kind of ending. Most refugees' stories don't end this way and it's kind of silly to have American kids read a book that leaves them with this sugarcoated and false message. I was hoping to use this along with The Breadwinner but I doubt I will. The ending ruined all the positive messages about friendship, at least for me.
Clare Wojda
1. Genre - International Literature
2. Awards -
3. Grade Level - 3-4
4. Many parts of the world can easily go undiscussed in an elementary classroom with so much to do and so little time. Afghanistan and Pakistan definitely fall into that category and therefore this is a great picture book to open up students' eyes to the bigger world and struggle that many children their same age face. I would begin by introducing the book to the class and asking them if they know what a refugee is and where Afg
Matthew West
Dec 09, 2014 Matthew West rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t-l-307
This is a well written and beautifully illustrated picture book about two young girls who live within a refugee camp in Peshawar, a city on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The two girls each end up with of a pair of sandals after a relief workers truck distributes used clothes to the refugees. The two girls become friends and exchange the sandals every other day so that each of them can have a chance to wear the complete pair. This book is very rich with cultural detail which can be seen on ev ...more
The Styling Librarian
Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams & Khadra Mohammed, illustrated by Doug Chayka – Loved this book. Perfect connections to studies on refugees, caring for others, risk taking, life comparisons… simply beautiful. Well worth the read, reread and more. Good book for 4th grade and up even though it could be shared with younger ages as well. The idea of losing family members might lead to a discussion…
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Taking place in a camp in Pakistan for Afghan refugees, this story of two girls who learn to share and become friends tugs at the heartstrings. We take so much for granted in this country! I wanted to reach out to the girls in the story and send them another pair of sandals so they'd each have a pair. I'll definitely be ordering this one for my library!
Paige Snair
Dec 05, 2016 Paige Snair rated it really liked it
This was a short sweet story about two girls in a camp in Pakistan. A young girl name Lina found one sandal after the relief workers threw clothing off the back of a truck. She took the sandal and began to search for the other one. She found it on the foot of Feroza. Lina and Feroza befriended and decided to take turns wearing the sandals every other day. Lina and her family found themselves on the list of names for people going to America. Feroza and Lina were being split up and through goodbye ...more
Nov 21, 2016 Unique rated it really liked it
Shelves: educ-378
Text-to-Teaching Connection: What is a response activity that you can do in a classroom with children in response to the book?

Four Feet, Two Sandals, by Karen Lynn Williams would be a great way to have my children grasp some concepts while learning right and left concepts threw some fun interacting classroom games. After the read we would play "Ms. Unique Says use your left hand or use your right hand" and everyone would stand up to play and I would start by asking the students to use their left
Becki Iverson
Dec 27, 2016 Becki Iverson rated it really liked it
This was a perfect book to read as we watch the refugee crisis, and it would be great for any kids wondering how to understand the life of a refugee. Set inside of a Middle Eastern refugee camp, Four Feet, Two Sandals" tells the story of two girls who become good friends as they learn to share a beautiful pair of shoes dropped off from a box of donations from America. It helps kids to understand day to day life in a camp as well as the difficulties refugees face daily in saying goodbye to loved ...more
Dec 05, 2016 Meghanchambers8gmail.Com rated it really liked it
Overall, I enjoyed this book and felt it told a powerful story about friendship and being a refugee. However, I felt disappointed that the author failed to portray the character's perspective more. I felt the story could have been more moving. I did appreciate the artwork, and with prompting, feel this book could serve as a good discussion starter.
Nov 07, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Bought this book at Carole Joy Seid conference 9/18/16. It is such a wonderful book and gives my family a view and perspective of what a refugee camp is like. Mom rates 5 stars!

Ellie read for November Pizza Hut Reading Challenge...krb 11/7/16 She rates this 3-4 stars.
Oct 29, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
High level review of a topic not familiar to most children in the US. Not many details but an overview of a friendship between two girls living in a refugee camp.

Setting: Current Day
Setting Location: city on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border
Subject: Refugee Camp, Friendship
Lexile: 620
Age: 7-10 years
Grade Level: 1-5
Length: 32 pages
Date: 2014
A lovely story of sharing and friendship set in a refugee camp and a book that would do well to be read globally, especially by those who may need to cultivate their own compassion during our present global refugee crisis.
Kathryn Dykes
Plot Summary/ Personal Response: A new friendship blossoms between Lina and Feroza over a pair of yellow flip-flops within the poverty stricken refugee camp in Pakistan, where they both reside. Instead of only one girl claiming the pair of flip flops that they both desire, they decide to take turns, which instantly sparks the foundation of their relationship. Each day the girls greet each other, switching from being barefoot to wearing the much needed shoes, as they wait in line to fill their ju ...more
Jan 07, 2017 Shelli rated it really liked it
A touching story of two young refugee girls who come together to share a pair of sandals. Although this story is a work of fiction it its very much a real look in the life of refugee camps around the world and the appreciation these people have for their few possessions and more importantly for their friends and family who have survived.

Jun 14, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it
Text Set: Social Tragedy
Subject Matter: Refuge Camp
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Four Feet, Two Sandals put readers in the shoes of children living in a refugee camp. With the larges refugee crisis since WWII happening around the world this a critical topic of discussion. The hardships and struggles of people seeking new homes is under reported all around the world, making understanding and empathy difficult. This book does a wonderful job of exposing the tribulation of who find themselves situation today
Kayla Davis
This is the story of two young Afghan girls who meet in a refugee camp in Pakistan. One day when used clothes are being handed out, Lina finds a brand new looking sandal, but cannot find the other. With the sandal on one foot, Lina discovers that another girl her age named Feroza has found the other half of the pair. With her grandmother’s prodding Feroza offers the sandal to Lina, but Lina instead insists that they share. Lina and Feroza become quick friends, but one day Lina and her family dis ...more
Laura Hines
Dec 09, 2015 Laura Hines rated it liked it
Shelves: nbgs
The main character, Lina, is a ten-year-old girl, living in a refugee camp. Lina lives with her Mama and two brothers. Lina’s Father and sister were killed in the war. The book begins with relief workers on a truck throwing used clothes for the people below them. Lina is on her hands and knees and finds one yellow sandal with a pretty blue flower on it. She has not had shoes for two years. The sandal fits Lina perfectly but the other one was on the foot of another girl. Lina walks up to the girl ...more
Patricia (Patricia's Particularity)
Lina, a member of a refugee camp, 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; she tries to talk to the girl but the girl walks away. Because she hasn’t had any shoes to wear in the last two years she takes care to keep her sandal clean when she does chores. While doing chores the girl from the day before, Feroza, tried to give her half of the sandals to Lina, but Lina suggeste ...more
Natalie Payton
Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams is a picture book about the relationship between two young girls in a refugee camp in Pakistan. A young girl, Lina, finds a sandal after the relief workers threw used clothing out for the people to have. She looks up and finds another young girl with the other matching sandal. They go their separate ways until Feroza, the other young girl, goes up to Lina and gives her the other sandal. They become friends and decide to share the pai
Karmen McKelvey
Dec 12, 2016 Karmen McKelvey rated it it was amazing
This is a story of two young girls who each find a sandal belonging to the same pair. The story shares how the girls learn to help each other through sharing and then face the reality and hardship of moving to a new place with the hopes of a better life. The story teaches lessons about sharing, hardship, and friendship.
Casey Strauss
Jul 25, 2010 Casey Strauss rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-eastern
Ten-year-old Lina lives in a refugee camp in Pakistan with her family. When relief workers come to the camp throwing used clothing off the back of a truck, Lina joins the large crowd of people, hoping to find something for herself. As everyone leaves, Lina discovers a brand new sandal, yellow, with a blue flower on it. Thrilled, she slides the shoe on her foot, it is a perfect fit; Lina has not worn shoes for two years. When she looks around for the matching sandal, she sees a young girl, Feroza ...more
Alyssa Crowley
Williams, Karen Lynn and Mohammed, Khadra. Four Feet, Two Sandals. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2007.

Lina and Feroza, two young refugees forced out of their homes in Afghanistan and into a Pakistan refugee camp become friends over a pair of yellow and blue sandals. After relief workers bring used clothes to the refugee camp the two girls form a bond through the sharing of the sandals. The two girls tell of their tragic stories and losses due to the war and wait in hopes of moving to America
Madison Woodmansee
Oct 07, 2015 Madison Woodmansee rated it it was amazing
Four Feet, Two Sandals is about a girl who lives in a refugee camp and has nothing but the clothes on her back; not even shoes.When workers come to her camp to bring clothes and shoes everybody storms them to take what they need. Lina is so happy when she finds the perfect fitting sandal; however, she finds out that another young girl Feroza has the matching one. The separate sandals soon become the bond of these two girls friendships when they decide to share the sandals between them. Later the ...more
Dec 10, 2016 Claudia.Joyce rated it really liked it
This was a great book to introduce children to the lives and struggles of refugees. Diversity and representation matter in books for children. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was that I wish it offered in-text phonetic pronunciations of unfamiliar words, and I felt that the voice of the narration was a little stiff and formal for the audience.
Kassie Houston
Oct 31, 2013 Kassie Houston rated it really liked it
Grade: K-2
Genre: International
Award(s): Cybils Award, Finalist (2007), Association of Theological Booksellers, Theologos Award for Best Children's Books (2007), Children's Book Council, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People(2008), Cooperative Children's Book Center, CCBC Choices (2008), International Reading Association, Notable Books for a Global Society (2008), California Young Reader Medal Program, Picture Book for Older Readers Nominee List (2010–2011)

This book teaches a valua
Javone Mcclelland
Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams & Khadra Mohammed is an amazing story about the power of friendship. Two little girls who belong to a refugee camp find two separate yellow sandals with a blue flower on them, one day they meet and one of the little girls offers to give the other girl the other half of the sandal so she can have a matching pair. The little girl refuses and suggests that they share the shoes, so they switched back and forth every single day. While doing this they ...more
Grace Livengood
Jun 07, 2016 Grace Livengood rated it it was amazing
Williams, K. L., Mohammed, K., & Chayka, D. (2007). Four feet, two sandals. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.
In a refugee camp, there is hardly any room for luxury and Lina doesn't even have a pair of shoes that protect her feet form the hot sand. When relief workers bring by resources, Lina comes upon one sandal, and is delighted to have found such a treasure and soon realizes another girl in her village, Feroza has the other. They make a deal to share the sandal, trading
Cynthia Lagunas
This book presents a topic rarely seen in literature, especially in children's books. The story takes place in a refugee camp in Pakistan. Two young Afghan girls become friends after they decide to share a pair of sandals they found in a donation box brought by relief workers. Inequality is very apparent in the girls' environment, they do not have a real home and are uncertain of their future. The two girls cherish a pair of slippers because they had not owned a pair of shoes in years. The girls ...more
Leslie Kress
Feb 07, 2015 Leslie Kress rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I loved reading Four Feet, Two Sandals. The book is beautifully illustrated and the story is well written and touching. I enjoyed reading about the strong friendship between the two girls, Lina and Feroza, and how they took turns sharing one pair of sandals because it was all they had. To me, the ending was powerful and moving. Lina and her family move to America and Feroza stays behind in Afghanistan. Although Feroza could have kept the sandals for herself she gives one of the sandals to Lina s ...more
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Karen was born in Connecticut, and received her Master’s degree in deaf education. She has lived in Africa and in Haiti. Karen had an early dream to be one of the youngest published authors, starting a writing club at ten. However, Karen's published works came later in life, after extensive travels and family experience. Karen's ability to draw from personal experience and adapt into writing forms ...more
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