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

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

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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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Anna Walker
About the author

Anna Walker

Anna Walker writes and illustrates children's books and is based in Melbourne. Her charming studio is shared with a printmaker, Rosy the lamp, a few friendly plants, and knitted, woolly creatures. Working with pencil, ink and collage, Anna develops her characters and enjoys spending time with them before they venture out into the world. Her illustrations are inspired by the everyday details of life and the amusing antics of her menagerie. Anna's latest book with Penguin is Mr Huff, an exploration of how kids deal with the worrying feelings that can accompany a bad day. Together with Jane Godwin, Anna has also created a beautiful picture book for Christmas, called What Do You Wish For?

Books by Anna Walker

Jane Godwin
About the author

Jane Godwin

Jane Godwin is the highly acclaimed and internationally published author of many books for children and young people, across all styles and ages. Children's Publisher at Penguin Books Australia for many years, Jane was the co-creator with Davina Bell of the Our Australian Girl series of quality historical fiction for middle readers. Jane's books include her novels Falling From Grace and As Happy as Here (a CBCA Notable Book), and picture books Go Go and the Silver Shoes (illustrated by Anna Walker), The Silver Sea (with Alison Lester and patients at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne) and Watch This! (with designer Beci Orpin and photographer Hilary Walker). Jane is dedicated to pursuing quality and enriching reading and writing experiences for young people, and spends as much time as she can working with them in schools and communities and running literature and writing programs. janegodwin.com.au

Books by Jane Godwin

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