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Those Shoes By Maribeth Boelts

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Back of book:  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.

My Review: I cried reading this book because it reminded of every child I met who has a story like Jeremy. This is a must read and as far as I’m concerned a must have for every elementary teacher. The story is one that all Children can relate to. There is always a child in a classroom, or down the street or at the park with just a little less than the other kids.  Jeremy just wants to be like all the other kids at school. He wants those shoes.  Instead his grandma can only afford a pair of boots that will help him get through the winter. Jeremy soon learns the value in friendship and helping others.  Great story to teach children the value of empathy,

8 years old and up

40 pages