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One Red Shoe

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You're about to go to a place where thousands, even millions, of kids live every day. You're about to enter a war zone.         There's been an attack. Grabbing his camera, a newspaper photographer rushes to the nearest clinic. What he finds there will change the way he thinks forever. Inspired by real events in the Middle East, this groundbreaking and acclaimed picture book for older readers will take you to a place far from comfort and safety. What could you possibly have in common with the kids who live there? You're about to find out. One Red Shoe was named one of the five Most Beautiful German Books of 2013 in the children's book category by the German Book Art Foundation.

32 pages, Hardcover

First published January 1, 2012

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Karin Gruß

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417 reviews22 followers
May 5, 2015
A picture book geared towards "older readers" this short story takes the reader into a war zone where a school bus has just been attacked from the viewpoint of a war journalist. Subtle, somber and non-graphic despite what has happened-you won't shake this one anytime soon.
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104 reviews
March 30, 2015
Beautiful yet haunting. Geared at upper elementary or middle school. Perfect for units on symbolism, war and conflict, and comparing and contrasting.
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1,279 reviews27 followers
July 6, 2017
I feel like I'm missing something here. Maybe it's the translation (I read this in Spanish), but it isn't very clear what actually happened, even with the illustrations.
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53 reviews1 follower
September 4, 2015
A grisly picture book for older readers, the reader steps into the shoes of a journalist as he experiences the horrors of war first-hand. The jolt of that one red shoe makes way for critical thinking, reflection, and connection to a world many students [hopefully] never have to live in. The illustrations are "beautifully haunting" as another GR reviewer puts it.
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260 reviews3 followers
December 3, 2016
A very short, very sobering picture book of how different life can be for a school child living in the Gaza strip compared to a child in the United States. Shows the horror of war and violence on the innocent. The illustrations and use of grays, blacks, and reds provide a haunting and striking interpretation.
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1,098 reviews
December 17, 2015
Definitely a picture book for older readers - very powerful and thought-provoking. It brought tears to my eyes. The illustrations are kept in shades of grey with only the shoes in red, which further underlines the story's mood and message.
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104 reviews
April 13, 2019
Not very well written and/or translated. The story seems to start part way through and is a disjointed. The narrator's little "daydream" of the boy getting up and playing basketball doesn't read well either. The idea of commonality with other children that the author is trying to convey, while laudable, didn't, in my opinion, work.

It is also unclear what age the book is geared for. The content is too old and graphic for traditional picture book readers while the format seems too young for those older children who might benefit from reading it.

The illustrations, however, do convey the story well.
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