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Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
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Apr 09, 12

bookshelves: text-set, read-alouds

Jeremy wants the same new pair of shoes that everyone in his class has, but Grandma cannot afford them when he already needs a new pair of winter boots. When his shoes break, the principal gives him a pair and he gets made fun of by all of his classmates, except Antonio. Desperate for those shoes, Jeremy and Grandma go from thrift store to thrift store, finally finding a too small pair of those shoes, which Jeremy buys with his own money. They are so small, though, that he cannot even wear them. Later, when he sees that Antonio has ripped shoes too, he decides to leave them on his friend’s doorstep. The next day, Antonio is, gratefully, wearing his new shoes, and, lucky for Jeremy, it snows and he gets to wear his new boots that no one else has had before. This story, featuring cartoonish illustrations, has the subtle implications of class and poverty issues in addition to the themes friendship and giving. Jeremy shows readers that friendship involves giving to and sharing with others.
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