Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rubber Shoes: A Lesson in Gratitude / Los zapatos de goma: una lección de gratitud

By Gladys Elizabeth Barbieri.
Illustrated by Lina Safar.

Spirited Gladys Elizabeth is more than disappointed when her mother buys her the "ugliest" shoes in the world.  She devises a foolproof plan in hopes of destroying her ugly shoes.  However Gladys Elizabeth doesn't account for the sturdiness of her shoes and in the end learns a valuable lesson in gratitude.

Midwest Book Review: Volume 21, Number 11:  November 2011
"Rubber Shoes ...A Lesson in Gratitude/ Los zapatos de goma...una lección de gratitud" is a touching bilingual teaching tale about a girl who hates her new brown rubber shoes that her mother bought for her on sale. She hates them so she plots ways to lose or destroy them, but they are the invincible rubber shoes. Finally her mother takes her on a trip to donate the shoes to another little girl whose reaction to the rubber shoes is very different, leading to an epiphany of gratitude for our charming heroine. "Rubber Shoes" is a beautiful lesson in gratitude and humility for children ages 4-8, written in both Spanish and English and tenderly illustrated in gentle semi-anime style.

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