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Flock of Shoes

by Sarah Tsiang, illustrated by Qin Leng

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publisher: Annick Press
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Sarah Tsiang is a poet and the author of two other Annick titles, A Flock of Shoes and Dogs Don't Eat Jam and Other Things Big Kids Know. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.
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Qin Leng lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto. She graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and artwork. Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, written by Chieri Uegaki, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, and received the APALA Award for best picture book. Her most recent books include Away, written by Emil Sher, and A Family Is a Family Is a Family, written by Sara O’Leary, which was selected for USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List.

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A Flock of Shoes

Abby loves her pink and brown sandals with the lime-green trim. They are perfect for so many things, especially for making small heart tracks in the sand. When fall comes, Abby is still wearing them. But one day Abby swings so high that her sandals flip off her feet and join a flock of shoes to fly south. At first she is sad, but soon Abby begins to love her white and blue boots with the purple trim. They are perfect for so many things, especially for making squiggle and square tracks in the snow. One warm spring day, Abby hears the whistle of a north-bound train, and her boots run off and hop onto a boxcar. Now what will Abby do? Then she hears the swish of flying sandals. Could they be...?

This is a fun and engaging story, touched with humour and a lot of magic. The language is simple and spare, rich and evocative, making the story a delight to read aloud. There is also a wonderful parallelism and circularity to the story. Leng’s watercolour illustrations are whimsical, full of detail and overflowing with a child’s sense of wonder and imagination. Children will love the postcards Abby receives from her sandals, as well as the snapshots of what the sandals have been doing while away. And of course, after Abby’s boots head north, one wonders whether they will have the courtesy to do the same.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2011. Volume 34 No. 2.

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A Flock of Shoes

Abby loves her pink-and-brown sandals and wears them everywhere until one day they flip off her feet and head south for the winter. It’s not until February that she falls in love with her white-and-blue boots, but come spring, they board the north-bound train for the summer. As Abby sits and waves sadly to her beloved boots she hears a swish!

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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