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Friendship and Sparkly Shoes: Go Go and the Silver Shoes by Jane Godwin & Anna Walker

March 13, 2018


Shoes in fairy tales often have some kind of magical, transformative power.  Sometimes they help a character find grounding in the world, and change a character’s life in some way.  They also have a contradictory aspect to them – shoes restrict/ bind our feet, but they also protect our feet as they help us to move across the world, and help us to where we need to go in life.  Getting new shoes can be seen as getting a new support system to help us get to where we want to go and to feel protected/safe.  Shoes are also like a sign/symbol of independence – we ‘step out into the world’ in our shoes.  I’ve always wanted to write a book about shoes!” Jane Godwin 

9780143785521Go Go loves choosing new shoes, as they’re the only items of clothing that she doesn’t receive as hand-me-downs from her three older brothers.

Heading off to school in her wonderful, sparkly, special new shoes, her joy is short-lived as she soon loses one of her shoes on the walk home from school.

Bereft at her loss, Go Go is quick to adapt, and the reader is treated to a beautiful series of images depicting Go Go’s adventures with her single shoe.

When Go Go’s missing shoe appears at school on the foot of the new student, a young girl who loves her new shoe as much as Go Go does hers, the two girls quickly come to an agreement, navigating the conflict with ease and kindness. Sharing and friendship are the winners at the end of this warm and charming read, and as with all of the picture books this pair produce, in Go Go and the Silver Shoes, children and parents alike will find much to discuss together.

You can purchase your copy of Go Go and the Silver Shoes here.

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Jane Godwin is the highly acclaimed author of many books for children. Her work is published internationally and together with Anna Walker, Jane has created a number of bestselling picture books, including Little Cat and the Big Red Bus, All Through the Year, Today We Have No Plans, Starting School and, most recently, What Do You Wish For?

Anna Walker writes and illustrates children’s books and is based in Melbourne. Crafted with pencil, ink and collage, Anna’s illustrations are inspired by the everyday details of life and the amusing antics of her menagerie. Anna’s book, as author-illustrator with Penguin, Mr Huff, won the 2016 CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood and was shortlisted in the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Together with Jane Godwin, Anna has also created many beautiful picture books, most recently the Christmas book, What Do You Wish For? Anna’s most recent picture book as author-illustrator is the delightful Florette.



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