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Four Feet, Two Sandals - Karen Lynn Williams

Four Feet, Two Sandals

By: Karen Lynn Williams, Khadra Mohammed, Doug Chayka (Illustrator)

Hardcover | 1 September 2007

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Product Description
Finalist for the Cybils Award 2007

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.

About the Author

Karen Lynn Williams has written several books about the plight of children. She has lived in Haiti and Malawi, and now lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Khadra Mohammed is the executive director of the Pittsburgh Refugee Centre, and has worked with refugees in the United States and other countries for more than twenty years. Khadra lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

About the Illustrator

Doug Chayka has illustrated several children's books. His work has also appeared in various publications, and has been honoured by the Society of Illustrators.Doug teaches illustration at the Pratt Institute and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Industry 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.'
— Kirkus Reviews

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