Those Shoes

Those Shoes

Book - 2007
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All Jeremy wants is a pair of those shoes, 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 are much too small. 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.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763624996
Branch Call Number: Ju E Boe
Additional Contributors: Jones, Noah (Noah Z.), - Illustrator


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JCLBeckyC Aug 24, 2017

This picture book does an amazing job of capturing Jeremy's conflicting feelings as he decides whether or not to part with something useless but important to him. This story has a great moral without it feeling moralizing. Readalikes: Last Stop on Market Street, A Chair for My Mother.

DPLjosie Aug 23, 2017

A nice story dealing with generosity and sharing, set in a big city. Also a good discussion on "want vs. need."

Jul 15, 2017

Great book with a great message . Strongly recommend

Jun 30, 2016

Relatable & Impactful. This book is so much more than just "those shoes;" it's a lesson on Empathy & Kindness. After reading and discussing this book with my 8 year old, we grabbed some shoes from the closet and took them to a Thrift Shop - we donated the shoes and continued the discussion. This book is an absolute gem!

May 03, 2011

A great book that my son wanted to read more tha once. Helps children realize that they cannot always have what other children have, and that while it might be hard, it's OK.

Jul 31, 2010

A must-read that will help children deal with feelings about wanting a trendy item that all the other kids seem to have.


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