Those Shoes

Those Shoes


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"In this witty, wise picture book, Boelts presents a kid’s-eye view of a consumer fad that rages through school at gale force." — Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780606085472
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 06/28/2009
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 62,026
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD550L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Maribeth Boelts is a former preschool teacher who has written numerous books for children. She lives in Iowa with her husband and three children.


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Those Shoes 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Hennigar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Everyone has had a time in their life where they wanted something they couldn't have. For this little boy it was a pair of shoes that he longs for but can't afford. This book reminded me of grade school and how there was always something that I just had to have because everyone else had it: nikes, Jnco jeans, etc. This is a touching story where in the end friendship means more than any pair of shoes.In a classroom I believe this would be a great read aloud book because it is told from the point of view of a lower class student. Many students from the lower class do not have exposure to books where the main characters are like them, this can provide that. It will also help them to realize that there is more to life than just money and could spark some very good conversations.
troyerkids on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We liked the book because he wore boots that no one else wore before. The best part was when Antonio and the other boy raced. We like it because he shared his shoes.
nancyken on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jeremy, who longs to have the black high tops that everyone at school seems to have but his grandmother cannot afford, is excited when he sees them for sale in a thrift shop and decides to buy them even though they are the wrong size.
mswilliams1 More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be  filled with stereotypes that are completely insensitive and offensive, particularly toward African-Americans. The message- of empathy, sharing,and gratitude for the little one may have- in this book, framed in these stereotypes, is compromised. The text and illustrations reinforce negative portrayals (of its subjects) for its likely audience, including educators; as well as presenting potentially humiliating experiences for children in similar circumstances if read to a group/class. For example, the main character is an African-American boy who: lives in what appear to be projects evidenced by such buildings outside of his window and who lives with his very large grandmother who "sits down heavy"- no visible mother or father; leaning against garbage can in litter-strewn play yard with foot coming out of torn-apart shoes; receiving velcro shoes from the Caucasian guidance counselor who keeps a box of stuff for kids who need things.This book has been selected as a school-wide read-aloud at my inner city school with a predominantly Latino and African-American low-income student population. I am extremely disappointed over the insensitivity and lack of any real critical judgement on the part of the committee that chose it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy named Jeremy and his friend Antonio that want a new pair of shoes but they cant afford it.  This book teaches you about friendship.  I recommend this book because it is a good book for all people to read.
booklover2000 More than 1 year ago
It is a humbling story and so true to life for so many children. It teaches children how to be grateful and giving, but it also shows an example on how easily people get caught up on material objects because others have it. I think it is different and every child should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By: Jody and Katie This review is from: Those Shoes(library binding) We enjoyed the book and feel it would be a good book to teach tolerance and compassion to students in a classroom. Many students will be able to make personal connection to this book. The pictures and colors are mundane and do not draw the reader in, however they work well with the story line. Jeremy is a typical elementary student who struggles with the peer pressures of school and the balance of home life.