Four Feet, Two Sandals

Book Summary: 

When relief workers come to bring clothing to Lina's refugee camp, there is chaos as people grab the clothes they want. As the chaos settles, Lina find a sandal that fits her perfectly, but she sees that another girl, Feroza, is leaving with its mate. The girls decide that it's better to share the sandals than for each of them to only have one. The girls become friends as they meet every day by the river to complete their chores and trade the sandals with each other. The girls anxiously wait to see if their names will be on the list of people who get to go to America. Lina and her mother find they are some of the fortunate people who will be allowed to go to the United States. Feroza tells Lina she must take the sandals because she cannot go to America with no shoes. Lina returns the sandals to Feroza because her mother has saved money to buy new shoes for the trip. 

Year: 
2007
Author: 
Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammad
Illustrator: 
Doug Chayka
Publisher: 
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Guiding Question: 

Read the Author's Note at the end of the story. The number of refugees world-wide is the highest it's been since the end of World War II; most refugees today are children. Think about the many hardships you would face if you had to leave your home due to a war or persecution. With so few things to call your own, would you share you only shoe as Lina and Feroza did? Why or why not?

Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85): 

Honesty- Were you aware that situations such as Lina's and Feroza's were taking place around the world?

Empathy- How would you feel if you had no shoes or had to share as Lina and Feroza had to in the story? The story also stated that there was no room for girls to go to school. How would you react if you weren't allowed to go to schools while others were?

Advocacy- Look further into refugee camps in Afghanistan today. Are they similar to the one in this book? What kinds of things surprised you after you read about them? 

Action- Take action based on what you find when you reserch Afghani refugee campus. For example, you can start a clothing drive to collect clothes to donate to people in need.