The pink slippers on the wall catch her eye. “Those are the most beautiful shoes I’ve seen in all my life.” Down at the corner of Magnolia and Vine, you’ll find the shop of Shoebox Sam--where old shoes become like new again and anyone in need finds a friend. Delia and Jessie spend Saturdays with Shoebox Sam, helping him with customers, rich and poor. They learn about giving and caring, loving and sharing. Then one day, when a customer notices a prized pair of shoes, they uncover their greatest lesson of all.
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About the Author
Mary Brigid Barrett is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator. She is also president and executive director of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, and editor of the NCBLA publication Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out. She lives in Massachusetts.
Frank Morrison is a nationally acclaimed artist who received a 2010 Image Award. He is also the Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator of Jazzy Miz Mozetta by Brenda C. Roberts. Morrison lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his family. For additional information visit his website: www.morrisongraphics.com
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By Mary Brigid Barrett
ZondervanCopyright © 2011 Mary Brigid Barrett Groth
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Chapter OneShoebox Sam lives atop his shop on the corner of Magnolia and Vine. He shines old shoes and builds new soles. He shines them up fine. "Like new, but better," he tells us, "'cause new shoes walk tight, but old shoes walk light, like steppin' on a granny's feather bed."
Saturdays, we meet and greet him. "Mornin' Delia, Jesse," says Shoebox Sam. "I been waitin' for you children." He hands me a paper sack. I smell cinnamon crullers and fresh bread.
Shoebox Sam jiggles his keys in one hand, carries an old suitcase in the other. He opens the shop door. Delia turns on the lights. I plop the sack on the counter, and Sam swings his case up next to it. "Got us some fine shoebox shoes today, children," he says, tapping on the suitcase.
We nod and smile, bopping across the floor in our treadless sneakers, humming a foot-tapping hum. Shoebox Sam smiles an eye-crinkling, skin-wrinkling grin. "Shoes ain't rightly got a chance to grow old on you children," says Sam. "You'll wear those shoes out with pure delight!"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Two children spend the day with "Shoebox Sam" who owns the local shoe store. During the course of the day, they learn the valuable lesson of treating others with respect and helping those who are less fortunate.
Shoebox Sam is a very nice old man who runs a shoe repair shop, but he also helps anyone who is in need. He has these two young children who help him around the shop and he teaches them to help other. He has this pair of pink ballerina shoes and one day this homeless lady comes in and Shoebox Sam tries to find her a pair of shoes that fit, she admires the ballerina shoes and Shoebox Sam gives them to her. This is a good book to teach the children about sharing and caring.