New Shoes

By: Sara Varon

From Sara Varon comes a heartwarming tale about a donkey on a quest to make a perfect pair of shoes.
Francis the donkey is the best shoemaker in the village. He uses the finest coconut wood for the soles and wild tiger grass for the uppers. Best of all, he embroiders the shoes with colorful designs and patterns.
One day he receives a very special order—Miss Manatee, calypso queen and Francis's own personal hero, needs a new pair of shoes. But he's all out of tiger grass! To make these shoes, Francis must journey deep into the jungle . . . which means leaving his village for the first time.
From star talent Sara Varon (Robot Dreams) comes a new favorite. New Shoes introduces young readers to variety of animals to teach a valuable lesson on embracing other people's differences.

Author’s note with full-color photographs. Full-color pencil and ink illustrations, colored digitally in Photoshop.

ISBN: 9781596439207

JLG Release: Nov 2018

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Topics: Shoemakers , Jungle animals , Adventure and adventurers , Helping behavior , Fear , Calypso musicians , Conduct of life , Donkeys , Cartoons and comics , Linden, Guyana , Graphic novels

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Awards & Honors

Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - 2019
NYPL Best Books for Kids - 2018

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

Book Details



First Release

November 2018



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

9 1/3" x 7 1/4"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 3.2; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;


Level GN590L


Print Book


Hardcover edition


First Second

Potentially Sensitive Areas



Shoemakers, Jungle animals, Adventure and adventurers, Helping behavior, Fear, Calypso musicians, Conduct of life, Donkeys, Cartoons and comics, Linden, Guyana, Graphic novels,

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