SHOES WITHOUT LEATHER by Nancy Willard

SHOES WITHOUT LEATHER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Being the type who says ""why not"" when a man dressed in silver offers shoes made of earth, air, fire and water, James is spared the fate of the less fanciful passengers on a train this presumed moon man has boarded. While James watches with what we would consider sadistic amusement, the man turns the other riders into lions and bears, then gold and silver statues, fire, and finally ice--before presenting them with ordinary leather shoes (""for ordinary people"") and James with quicksilver flying slippers. But while Laura Lydecker's prosaic style belies her pictures' dreamlike content, all James does with his magic gift is fly off mundanely to grandmother's, his original destination. Ill fitting--and it squeaks.

Pub Date: May 10th, 1976
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Putnam