Set in the South during the time of segregation, this lushly illustrated picture book brings the civil rights era to life for contemporary readers as two young girls find an inventive way to foil Jim Crow laws.When her brother's hand-me-down shoes don't fit, it is time for Ella Mae to get new ones. She is ecstatic, but when she and her mother arrive at Mr. Johnson's shoe store, her happiness quickly turns to dejection. Ella Mae is unable to try on the shoes because of her skin color. Determined to fight back, Ella Mae and her friend Charlotte work tirelessly to collect and restore old shoes, wiping, washing, and polishing them to perfection. The girls then have their very own shoe sale, giving the other African American members of their community a place to buy shoes where they can be treated fairly and "try on all the shoes they want."
Racial Diversity; Family Relationships; Single parent; Race discrimination; single mother; segregation; racism; racial prejudice
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2016
Best of the Best Books, 2015
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2016
Golden Sower Award, 2017-2018, Nominee
Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Children's Choice Award, 2017, Master List
Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children, 2016, Honor
Cybils Awards, 2015, Nominee, Fiction Picture Book
Massachusetts Book Award, 2016, Longlist, Picture Book /Early Reader
NAACP Image Award, 2016, Nominee, Outstanding Literary Work Children
shoes; friendship; shoe store
Meyer, Susan Lynn, "New Shoes" (2015). DIVerse Families. 734.