Thursday, August 25, 2011

Shoebox Sam by Mary Brigid Barrett*A Review

Shoebox Sam, written by author Mary Brigid Barrett, conveys to readers the importance of loving and respecting one another. Throughout the day all kinds of people step through the doors of Sam’s shoe store, but when he is asked to give away one of his most prized possessions, he does so with a loving kindness that can only point readers to the giving heart of God.

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.

Page Count: 32

Paper Edge Description: Plain
Size: 8.9 wide x 11.3 high x 0.4 deep in. | 226 wide x 287 high x deep 10 mm
Weight: 0.85 lb | 385 gms

Available: July 2011
Publisher: Zonderkidz

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:

This is a beautifully written story. It is about showing kindness to the less fortunate.
Shoebox Sam has a shoe-repair shop. Each Saturday two children, Delia and Jesse spend time there.
Shoebox gives coffee, doughnuts and sometimes shoes to those who can’t afford them.
The author uses simple words, yet says profound things to get her points across. The words Sam says are always kind and full of compassion.
The illustrator uses such bold, beautiful drawings. The pictures bring out the wonderful characters and make them come alive.
I highly recommend this delightful book.

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Thank you to Zonderkidz for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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