Those Shoes

  • Title: Those Shoes
  • Author: Maribeth Boelts
  • Illustrator: Noah Z. Jones
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication year: 2007
  • Brief Summary: From Scholastic-“All Jeremy wants is a pair of those shoes like the ones everyone at school seems to be wearing. Though Jeremy’s grandma says they don’t have room for “want,” just “need,” when his old shoes fall apart at school, he is more determined than ever to have those shoes, even a thrift-shop pair that’s the wrong size. But sore feet aren’t much fun, and Jeremy soon sees that the things he has – warm boots, a loving grandma, and the chance to help a friend – are worth more than the things he wants.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I found another great discussion article from The Prindle Institute for Ethics that talks about this book in relation to generosity, materialism and selfishness.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. –This book did make me cry, simply because this book could be one of the ways we teach children to treat other people the way we want to be treated. One of my favorite illustrations is the illustration of a shocked Antonio, opening his door to find the shoes that our protagonist has left for him.

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