Published by Candlewick
Summary: Sadie has three older brothers, and consequently wears a lot of hand-me-downs. The only new clothes she gets are underwear and shoes, so she is very careful about picking out her shoes. She loves her new sparkly silver shoes, and wears them everywhere, even, unfortunately, on a family picnic. Although her mom warns her that they’ll get dirty, Sadie doesn’t care, and wears them to play in the creek with her brothers. One shoe comes off and is washed away, leaving Sadie heartbroken. She still insists on wearing the remaining shoe (paired with another one) wherever she goes. When a new girl comes to school, she notices Sadie’s silver shoe, and says she has one just like it that she found on the beach. Yup, it’s Sadie’s missing footwear! The girls become friends, and take turns wearing the shoes…or sometimes each wearing one. 32 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Sadie is a winning protagonist, and the friendship story is heartwarming. This would make a great read-aloud.
Cons: Mom’s reaction to Sadie losing her beloved shoe–”Maybe you should have worn old shoes today”–is predictable. Yes, Mom, we’ve all been there, but bite your tongue and show some compassion.