Four Feet, Two Sandals

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Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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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 about their routines washing clothes in the river, waiting in long lines for water, and watching for their names to appear on the list to go to America the sandals remind them that frie ndship is what is most important. Four Feet, Two Sandals was inspired by a refugee girl who asked the authors why there were no books about children like her. With warm colors and sensitive brush strokes, this book portrays the strength, courage, and hope of refugees around the world, whose daily existence is marked by uncertainty and fear.

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Two young girls look for new shoes when relief workers bring clothing to their camp. Each girl finds one brand new sandal. The girls share the sandals, each girl wearing the shoes for one day and then giving them to the other.

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About the author (2007)

When Karen Lynn Williams was growing up in New Haven, Connecticut, her dream was to become the youngest novelist ever. At the age of ten, she formed a writing group with some of her friends. They would lounge around on pillows and in old stuffed chairs in her basement and write for hours. When Karen hadn't produced the hoped-for novel by the age of twelve, she gave up on her dream of early publication, but not on writing. Although it took longer than she initially thought it would, eventually Karen became the award-winning author of such books as Baseball and Butterflies (a novel) and Galimoto and Painted Dreams, both picture books illustrated by Catherine Stock. Karen Lynn Williams lives with her husband, Steven, and their children, Peter, Christopher, Rachel, and Jonathan, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Khadra Mohammed is the executive director of the Pittsburg Refugee Center, and has worked with refugees in the United States and abroad for more than twenty years. Khadra lives Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

DOUG CHAYKA has illustrated several highly-praised picture books. He also teaches illustration at Pratt Institute and Ringling College of Art, and his work has been displayed in the Society of Illustrators Best of Children's Book Art exhibit. He and his wife live in Brooklyn, New York.

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