New shoes

by Meyer, Susan, 1960-

Format: Print Book 2015.
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Summary
Ella Mae is used to wearing her cousin's hand-me-down shoes--but when her latest pair is already too tight, she's thrilled at the chance to get new shoes.

But at the shoe store, Ella Mae and her mother have to wait until there are no white customers to serve first. She doesn't get to try anything on, either--her mother traces her feet onto a sheet of paper, and the salesman brings them a pair he thinks will fit.

Disappointed by her treatment, Ella Mae and her cousin Charlotte hatch a plan to help others in their community find better-fitting shoes without humiliation.

Eric Velasquez' realistic oil paintings bring life to this story of a young girl's determination in the face of injustice. The book includes an author's note from Susan Lynn Meyer, discussing the historical context of the story and how the Civil Rights Movement worked to abolish unfair laws like the ones Ella Mae encounters.

A 2016 NAACP Image Award Nominee, and a Jane Addams Children's Book Award winner.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "African Americans Ella Mae and her cousin Charlotte need back-to-school shoes. At the shoe store, the whites are served first, even though Ella Mae and her mama are already there. Now Mama must make a paper tracing of her daughter's feet and buy the shoes without trying them on first to see if they fit. The girls understand that this is unfair, and they find a way to fight back. They scrub floors, pick beans, and mind babies, asking for payment in outgrown shoes. After polishing up the used footwear, they open for business in the barn. Naturally, at their store, patrons are allowed to try on the shoes first! In a happy conclusion to an unfair situation, the girls triumph by fighting back against injustice. An author's note at the end explains the unjust Jim Crow laws supporting segregation that permeated America until the mid-1960s. The use of angled light and rich colors highlight each detailed page; pastel dresses shine, red Mary Janes gleam, and the individual faces glow in pictures done in oils on watercolor paper.--Gepson, Lolly Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "After Ella Mae discovers that even buying shoes is a humiliating experience for people of color in 1950s Jim Crow America (she isn't allowed to try the shoes on), she and her cousin Charlotte unleash their entrepreneurial talents, opening a backyard store of clean, used shoes. Now, Ella Mae explains, "anyone who walks in the door can try on all the shoes they want." It isn't easy to make a story seem as if it's telling itself, but this gripping piece of historical fiction does just that. Meyer's (Black Radishes) prose is vividly precise in its detail; the girls' optimism and determination is almost palpable, and when Ella Mae and Charlotte prepare their inventory for sale, the smell of soap, polish, and leather seems to fill the air. Velasquez (A Thirst for Home), working in oils, takes an unobtrusive, documentary-style approach, but he also cleverly combines warm, earth-toned settings with the bright pastel dresses worn by Ella Mae and Charlotte, so that his heroines literally and unequivocally shine through. Ages 6-9. Author's agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Rubin Pfeffer, Rubin Pfeffer Content. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Discrimination -- Juvenile fiction.
Segregation -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Shoes -- Juvenile fiction.
Discrimination -- Fiction.
Segregation -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Shoes -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Holiday House,2015.
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Velasquez, Eric, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9780823425280
0823425282
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