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Sophy's secret wish is to be able to go to school one day. But Sophy and her mother live in a poor village in Cambodia where there is no doctor, no hospital, and no school. When Sophy receives a pair of running shoes, her life changes forever.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Intermon Oxfam
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Dec 31, 2011 Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Really a very lovely book. It starts and ends with intriguing end papers and has a nice, simply told but moving story. If anything, it might border on the edge of sappy and the tidy conclusion might not be super realistic but the right sentiment for a children's story is there. One of the things that I especially liked is that Gaillard, despite not appearing to be Cambodian, has portrayed the people in this book, even the background characters, as individuals with strength, pride, and joy. I did...more
maggie and i really like this book, picked it out in chicago from the book cellar. the pics and story were quite moving to me, and yes, did make me cry. no real surprises there. the emphasis here i think is on the extreme value of learning, and the vehicle that takes us there. in this case it is shoes, a very literal metaphor for the achieving of ones goal. i like the imagery this conjures up and the way that running can be used to think of working torwards something that is so far as to be almo...more
Sep 21, 2011 Candice rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: Sophie - when she is older
Sophy is a little girl who lives in a small village in what I assume is southeast Asia. Every year "the number man" comes to count the villagers. When Sophy stares at his running shoes, he measures her feet and sends her a pair. Does she want running shoes so she can run? Not exactly - she wants them so that she can go to school and learn to read and write. A beautiful story with an ending that brought tears to my eyes.
Final Project: Thought this was a great book the story line of the book was amazing and can be inspiring for little girls anywhere. I liked how it shows a little girls wishing for one thing and when that one thing comes true she wishes again from something bigger. This shoes little girls that just because one wish came true you don't stop dreaming more good things can happen.
A beautiful children's picture book about the power of young girl's will and the adult she saw once a year who empowered her to chase her dream. I was overwhelmed by little Sophy's determination and the way one man helped the fatherless girl with a simple gift that she turned into something much, much larger. Tremendous story.