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Four Feet, Two Sandals

Ages 7-10
Full-color Illustrations Throughout
Lexile: 620L
HARDCOVER; Published: 8/1/2007
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5296-0
Price: $ 18.00
32 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 12 x 9
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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 friendship 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.


Tennessee Association of School Librarians Volunteer State Book Award Nominee (2011-2012)

Cybils Award, Finalist

School Library Journal
"This poignant story of loss, friendship, and sharing introduces readers to the realities of children growing up in refugee camps."
"The story, based on the authors' experiences working with refugees, uses simple words to tell the facts. . . . This is the personal drama behind the daily news."
Kirkus Reviews
"Williams and Mohammed illuminate the plight of refugee children without preaching or pontificating. . . . Earth tones predominate, reflecting the dusty environment while also offering, in some scenes, a sense of warmth. . . . Touching and true to life."