Sadie loses a shoe but finds a friend.
Sadie is self-confident, adventurous, and the recipient of her older brothers’ outgrown clothes. She likes wearing the hand-me-downs in spite of negative comments from classmate Annabelle. But she can pick out her own shoes, and her new ones are marvelous, silver and sparkly and a bit big so she can wear them longer. She wears them everywhere, even on a family picnic. Sadie and her brothers have fun rock-hopping in a stream until Sadie’s shoe comes off and they all get wet trying to retrieve it. Her brothers have some very creative suggestions as to what she can do with the one shoe, but she decides to wear it unmatched, staring down Annabelle. Ellie, a new girl at school, tells her that she recently found one shiny shoe just like Sadie’s. Of course it’s a match, and Sadie has a wonderful idea. The two girls will share the shoes, and sometimes even wear one each, a perfect match. Godwin’s syntax is brief and spare, telling the fast-paced tale without adornment. The text is placed in white space around and within Walker’s action-filled, earth-toned watercolor-and-collage vignettes. 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. (Picture book. 3-7)