Godwin's syntax is brief and spare, telling the fast-paced tale without adornment...The illustrations enhance the text beautifully, providing sharp-eyed readers with visual hints of the shoe's movements. The characters, depicted as mostly white, are distinct and expressive. Sadie is terrific.
This Australian picture book has many charms, one of them being Sadie’s—there’s no other word for it—feisty personality. (“Maybe you should have worn old shoes today,” says Mom. “I know that now,” shouts Sadie; “Your shoes don’t match,” says Annabelle. “I don’t care,” says Sadie.) Another is the watercolor and collage art. Colorful vignettes that detail Sadie’s home and school life alternate with lush full-page or double-page illustrations that show the progress of Sadie’s lost shoe as it makes its way from creek to ocean to tide pool (where Ellie finds it). A satisfying celebration of individuality, friendship, and footwear fidelity.
—The Horn Book
Younger siblings will especially appreciate the thrill of owning something that hasn’t been passed down from an older child, and all kids will understand the sting of loss as well as the joy of being reunited. The seemingly simple premise leads to a heartfelt lesson on the merits of individuality, the serendipity of unexpected connections, and the joy that a simple sparkly shoe can bring.
This suggested general purchase for all libraries will resonate with young readers. A fun choice for one-on-one and small group sharing.
—School Library Journal
Godwin invents a most satisfactory ending for her charming story with its appealing heroine. Walker's delicate yet droll illustrations bring the story to vivid life.
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