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EconKids Home Book of the Month November 2008. Those Shoes / by Maribeth Boelts, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

November 2008. Those Shoes / by Maribeth Boelts, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

 


Title:
  Those Shoes
Author:  Maribeth Boelts
Illustrator:  Noah Z. Jones
Publisher:  Candlewick Press
ISBN:  978-0-7637-2499-6
Year:  2007

Concepts:  wants and needs, scarcity

Review:
  Just about every boy at school seemed to be wearing those black high-tops with two white stripes, and Jeremy wanted a pair also.  Unfortunately Grandma remained firm about only paying for needs, not wants, and Jeremy needed a new pair of winter boots.  To add insult to injury, when one of Jeremy’s shoes fell apart at school, the only replacement available from the guidance counselor’s supply box was a pair of children’s Velcro sneakers with a cartoon animal on the side.  Even Jeremy’s idea of buying his dream high-tops at a local thrift shop backfired when the one pair in stock fit so poorly that they hurt his feet.  Little did Jeremy realize that those thrift-store high-tops held the key to a deeper understanding of generosity and friendship.

This clever book contains a powerful lesson about differentiating between wants and needs in the face of tight budget constraints. At the same time, the subtle text and expressive illustrations communicate clearly a child’s desire to conform.  At a time when expensive shoes have become a high-status consumption good, Those Shoes comes out a winner for telling an appealing story to which readers across age groups can relate. 

Review by:
  Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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