Fiction (Juvenile, Picture book)
A Flock of Shoes
Art by Qin Leng.
Toronto: Annick Press, 2010.
Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)
Abby loves her pink and brown sandals with the lime green trim, and she wears them wherever she goes. But as summer draws to a close, Abby’s mom announces that it’s time for the sandals to go. Abby is determined to keep them on — until one day, while swinging at the park, her sandals flip off and fly away.
All winter long, Abby wonders what her sandals are up to. Postcards of sandy white beaches and glorious sunsets reassure her that they are having a wonderful time in far away places.
Come February, Abby realizes that she has also grown to love her cozy, comfy boots. As the warm weather comes, she watches sadly as they march off, but a swish in the sky announces the return of her pink and brown sandals — all ready for another summer of fun.
Awards and Honours
2011 Best Books for Kids & Teens — Canadian Children’s Book Centre (starred selection)
2012 Blue Spruce Award (Ontario Library Association) (nominated)