Sadie and the Silver Shoes (Hardcover)

By Jane Godwin, Anna Walker (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9781536204803, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 23, 2019

List Price: 16.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


When shoes are the only thing you get to pick out yourself, what happens when you lose one of them? A tale of self-expression and friendship, told with humor and charm.

With three older brothers to pass along hand-me-downs, Sadie doesn’t have much say in choosing her clothes. Her outfits always look interesting, though (even if some kids at school might not think so). But Sadie is allowed to pick her shoes, so one day she buys the most beautiful shoes ever — shoes that sparkle in the sun, shoes she wears everywhere. That is, until Sadie and her brothers hop down a creek on an adventure, and one shoe falls off and is swept away. Whatever will Sadie do with one silver shoe? From a winning picture-book team comes a story of creativity, resilience, and like-minded souls that is sure to appeal to independent thinkers everywhere.

About the Author

Jane Godwin is a highly acclaimed publisher and author of many books for children. Together with Anna Walker, Jane Godwin has created several best-selling picture books, including Little Cat and the Big Red Bus, All Through the Year, Today We Have No Plans, and Starting School. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Anna Walker writes and illustrates children’s books, including six with author Jane Godwin as well as her own Florette. The illustrator’s imagery is inspired by tiny details in the world around her. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Praise For Sadie and the Silver Shoes

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.
—Kirkus Reviews

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.
—Booklist Online

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.
—Buffalo News

A marvelously clever, important story about a confident, kind girl and how good things can emerge from unexpected circumstances and encounters, Sadie and the Silver Shoes is a genuine treat.
—Kendal A. Rautzhan's "Books to Borrow...Books to Buy"