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Lipp, Frederick Running Shoes, illustrated by Jason Gaillard Charlesbridge, 2008 PICTURE BOOK.Sophy s wish is to attend school eight kilometers away through the jungle and over streams and sharp, red rocks On his current visit, the government census taker learns of Sophy s dream, measures her foot, and promises to send a surprise With new running shoes Sophy proves herself not only by braving the distance alone, but also by courageously attending an all boy school and outrunning every single fellow student Through lyrical text and beautiful paintings, author Fredrick Lipp and illustrator Jason Gaillard create an empowering story of hope and determination set in the countryside of Cambodia This book is for everyone it made me cry EL ESSENTIAL MS ADVISABLE for TA program Reviewer BShttp kissthebook.blogspot.com 2008 I think the number man is really nice. Pretty good book overall It s simple enough for a very young audience.However, since it was so short and simple, I felt it did not truly capture how hard it is for kids to get an education in other countries The main character had only one problem, and it was immediately solved.I was looking for kids books on education for a project, and this book met the criteria to be in the project. This is a good read for students on the theme of determination It s also a good way to start a conversation with kids about perspective taking and being cognizant of the many opportunities that we too often take for granted. I read this book as an example of a children s book that deals with critical issues I think this would be a good books to talk or teach about 3 certain issues that we deal with in this world This book is about a young girl that lives in a poorer village, and a man comes in and is doing a census pretty much just counting how many people live there The young girls father had died, and she was also admiring the mans shoes So that man changes the subject and measures her foot and sends her a surprise a month later The reason she wanted the shoes was so she could go to school Once she gets to the school its is a school with all boys and they make fun of her and so on This teaches children about something they may not talk about everyday The critical issues are poverty, death and gender equality I think this book is a good way to start a conversation about these problems we have in our world, without being harsh about it or anything Also the book ends in a very cute heartwarming way. How accurate are representations of language, culture, setting, and relationships Sophy is from a small rural village in Cambodia Her mother is her only family and they spend much of their time working in the fields trying to pay for their lifestyle Sophy and her family do not live a very luxurious lifestyle so when the mail messenger arrives with a pair of running shoes for Sophy she is thrilled Are characters fully realized and shown to have agency Sophy and her mother s character are most realized, since they are the main characters The man who brings Sophy her running shoes is a messenger who travels all over Cambodia delivering mail Sophy sees him as a very important person because he can read and write How is difference constructed, and what does it mean for a character s belonging in an unequal world In Sophy s village, children and women are mostly workers for much of their lives In this story, since Sophy s family lacks a father figure, her family works twice as hard to obtain financial and educational success The school that Sophy wants to attend is not in her village but miles away There is no money for public transportation nor are there many cars in her village Sophy takes advantage of her gift the shoes by running to school every single day How is material wealth acknowledged or taken for granted in a story, especially at a time of extreme poverty for fully a third of the children living in the US In this story, the main characters suffer from living in a state with a lack of modern infrastructure, transportation and job opportunities Since Sophy and her family live in rural Cambodia, their work is limited due to to the change of seasons and can change at any time due to harsh weather and natural disasters The educated man who brings Sophy her shoes brings Sophy a new sense of hope for herself While I can personally confess, as a child, I never fantasized about getting myself a new pair of sneakers This gift is something special for a person like Sophy who usually walked around in sandals or barefoot How are disparities in the funding and support of community infrastructures acknowledged Are inequities seen to have a material effect on children s opportunities to explore and become their fullest selves Since the village was so poor, Sophy s character did not have the hope she needed to leave her town It was not until Sophy met the messenger man, who drove in a car, that she realized that there was something outside of her small town When he returned to her village, with the shoes, her hope was reignited in her Her drive to go to school was strengthened now that she had the opportunity to actually travel to the local school. |READ EPUB ☺ Running Shoes ♾ Sophy And Her Mother Are Poor They Have A Small Home And A Few Animals Sophy S Father Died Because There Was No Doctor Or Hospital Near The Village But Sophy Has A Secret Wish A Wish For Something That Will Change Her Life Forever, And When The Number Man Visits The Village Sophy S Wish Might Just Come True This one hit me in the heart young girl gets a pair of running shoes to follow her dreamreader thinks it s to run, but it s really to get to school so she can become literate School is 8k away so she has to hustle to get there on time Maybe not the highest quality, but the storytelling did it for me.I d really love this book if I got a littlebackground info Was this a real child What was this based on Did any of this really happen Why are there only boys in the school I think any of that, and , would ve really added to the experience But, I almost never log a picture book, and here I am, so it is definitely worth it Especially if you are both a runner and reader, and want girls in schools Tagging it with girls as I think it s part of a girls s rights movement, NOT because it s a book only for girls Really a very lovely book It starts and ends with intriguing end papers and has a nice, simply told but moving story If anything, it might border on the edge of sappy and the tidy conclusion might not be super realistic but the right sentiment for a children s story is there One of the things that I especially liked is that Gaillard, despite not appearing to be Cambodian, has portrayed the people in this book, even the background characters, as individuals with strength, pride, and joy I did question if the all boy school room would be typical since it isn t mentioned in the text and Lipp seems to be the one with expertise on Cambodia Anyway, I like to see books that feature other countries respectfully and without an overly long text. maggie and i really like this book, picked it out in chicago from the book cellar the pics and story were quite moving to me, and yes, did make me cry no real surprises there the emphasis here i think is on the extreme value of learning, and the vehicle that takes us there in this case it is shoes, a very literal metaphor for the achieving of ones goal i like the imagery this conjures up and the way that running can be used to think of working torwards something that is so far as to be almost inattainable.