Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams, Khadra Mohammed & illustrated by Doug Chayka
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2007
Fiction (Children's); 32 pgs
Mouse picked out Four Feet, Two Sandals as one of her Library Summer Reading Program books. She had quite a few questions as we read about the refugee life. Although we had read another refugee-related book several months ago, this one touched more on the camp-life experience whereas the other one was more about the journey to find a new home.
In Four Feet, Two Sandals, clothes are being delivered to the refugees at the camp and ten year old Lina finds a sandal. She notices another girl, Feroza, has the other sandal. The girls decide to share the sandals, one wearing the pair one day and switching off the other. One day, Lina finds out she and her family have been approved to move to America. As she and her friend were saying goodbye, Mouse began crying. She was sad the two friends were separating and was afraid they might never see each other again.
This made a great book for discussing both having to say goodbye and also the refugee experience. We both really liked Four Feet, Two Sandals. Mouse because it was a story about friendship and sharing, and me because it introduced Mouse to another culture and life she is not familiar with in a way that she would be able to relate to and understand.
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