Written inboth Spanish and English, Los zapatos de goma by Gladys Elizabeth Barbieri is the lovely story of one character and the lessons she learns along the way.
|Los zapatos de goma book cover|
I am currently using the book in my classroom as mentor text for teaching my students how to write literary essays (but more on that later). Now, to the book.
Los zapatos de goma is the story of Gladys – a girl who loves to dance (and maybe become a ballerina one day). It all begins when Gladys and her mom go shopping for a new pair of shoes. Unfortunately, Gladys is more than disappointed when she does not get the shoes she was really hoping or wanting to get because they were too expensive. Instead her mom buys her a pair of black rubber shoes that were on sale. The shoes (according to Gladys) were not only ugly, but horribles.
Gladys devices a plan to get rid of the shoes. She sinks them in mud, runs them over with a bike (well, her sister does), throws them over the fence…you name it. But nothing works, as the shoes keep coming back. Until one day…the shoes are too small for her and is time for NEW ones. What Gladys did not know is that she was going to learn one of life’s most powerful lessons – gratitude.
I will not give the entire story away, but I can guarantee you is a wonderful story that your children or students will treasure.
|Gladys and her mission to destroy her shoes|
Author: Gladys Elizabeth Barbieri
Illustrator: Lina Safar
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Castlebridge Books; Bilingual edition (October 1, 2011)
Available at: Amazon, and Barnes and Noble
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