New Shoes

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 sSet 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.
New Shoes 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

  • Title: New Shoes
  • Author: Susan Lynn Meyer Eric Velásquez
  • ISBN: 9780823425280
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Children's Picture Book. Story centers on one of the daily assaults to dignity of the Jim Crow era - namely, that those of African ancestry were not allowed to try on shoes in shoe stores before purchasing. Two cousins devise a way to both assert their own worth and to be a balm and example to their friends and family - and to get shoes that fit. Outstanding illustrations by Eric Velasquez.

    2. It's the 1950s somewhere in the Jim Crow south and Ella Mae is off to buy new shoes with her mom. Normally, Ella Mae's new shoes would have been a pair of her older sisters outgrown shoes, but her feet have grown and she can't wear her sister's hand-me-down shoes anymore.Money is counted out and soon Ella Mae and her mom are off to Johnson's shoe store, where they are ignored by the salesman in favor of a white girl and her father who came in after them. Eventually the salesman acknowledges them [...]

    3. I rarely give a book five stars, but in this case the artwork and the story combine to create something special.During the 1950s, it was tough enough for some families to scrape together the money for new shoes, but to be insulted when it came time to buy them was just too much.In this case, young Ella Mae experiences the hurt and shame of being treated as a lesser being by the shoe store owner. She's not allowed to even try on shoes before buying them. Her mother has to draw the outline of her [...]

    4. by Andrea Renee CoxI love this story! I've always enjoyed stories about the Civil Rights movement, from Ruby Bridges to Remember the Titans to Pride (all movies). New Shoes is another favorite in this genre. The story is so charming in the way the girls decide to fight back by providing a service others might enjoy rather than complaining about their circumstances or stooping to violence. The informational author's note at the back of the book was awesome and well expressed. I hope this author p [...]

    5. Very cute story of cousins during segregation and their 'new shoe' goal. This picture book shows how even the simplest of acts was discriminated against. There are several historical details that can be picked out.

    6. Ella Mae's excitement about being able to choose brand new shoes is dampened when she realizes that she won't be able to try on those shoes in the store. Instead, her mother must trace around her foot so that the clerk can then find the right size shoes for her to wear. Since she has watched another girl, a white girl with blonde hair, try on shoes, she experiences--perhaps for the first time--how unfair and how unjustified prejudices are. Rather than wallow in misery over something that she is [...]

    7. While I was looking around the library for a historical fiction book I came across New Shoes by Susan Lynn Meyer. Ideally, I would love to teach K-2, but when it comes to historical fiction those grades can have limited books compared to older grades. This book is perfect to teach to younger elementary grades and even older grades. It goes into segregation in the south during the 1950s on a surface level that allows children to gain an understanding of how things were between white and "colored" [...]

    8. Ella Mae's family has a tradition of hand-me-downs when it comes to shoes and clothing, but when her older sister's hand-me-down shoes are too tight Ella Mae gets a chance to go shopping for a brand new pair of shoes. Ella Mae is surprised to find that she's not able to try on a pair of shoes at the store, even though she watched a little white girl be able to do so. Instead, Ella Mae must stand on a piece of paper and have her feet traced and compared to the soles of shoes that look to be her s [...]

    9. Personal stories of injustice help me understand how bigotry seeped into every aspect of life, like polluted air, and how much effort it took not to become resigned. In this story, a little girl can't try on shoes at a a shoe store because of her skin color. Ella Mae and her cousin Charlotte can't help but feel the sting of this discrimination, but together they work to create a better situation. They do chores to raise money and to collect outgrown shoes. The girls clean and polish and then sel [...]

    10. The author took the tough subject of Jim Crow laws and made a beautiful, believable story. No preaching, just a wonderful thoughtful look at life in the southern United States during the mid-twentieth century. The story doesn't attach a specific date to the narrative, but the characters' clothing and a car in the first spread suggests the 1950's.An author's note on the final page gives historical perspective.Best of all, Ella Mae is an engaging, curious, and proactive character. Her solution to [...]

    11. A young African American girl buys a pair of new shoes from the store. She is not allowed to try them on in the store, and that sense of shame and injustice inspire her and a friend. The girls work together to collect and fix up old shoes to open their own shoe store. I love that this story captures the unfairness of Jim Crow laws and shoes a realistic, yet inspiring, example of how a child could make a difference in her community.

    12. This is a great book for younger students to introduce them to the topic of discrimination. It is gentle and show how many times African Americans found ways to combat it.

    13. New Shoes is a beautifully illustrated story that explains life in the South during the Jim Crow era. Ella Mae, who normally gets her cousin Charlotte’s hand-me-down shoes, is excited at the prospect of getting brand new shoes from the shoe store because her feet have grown too much to wear Charlotte’s old ones now. Ella Mae and her mother are initially ignored at the store in favor of the little girl with yellow hair and he father; Ella Mae watches the other girl try on many pairs of shoes [...]

    14. New Shoes by Susan Lynn Meyer and illustrated by Eric Velasquez is a fantastic historical fiction picture book that shows how anyone can make a difference in their community. This book is set in the American South during segregation. The main character, Ella Mae, wants new shoes, but faces discrimination at the shoe store. Through reading this book, I learned that during segregation African Americans were not allowed to try on shoes in a shoe store. They had to trace their feet and make a best g [...]

    15. Love this book (and illustrations--a must for any great children's book) about segregation and making your own way. Set in early America, when blacks didn't have the same rights that whites did, this book tells the story of a pair of new shoes though the eyes of a little African-American girl. She details what she was and wasn't able to do.d what she did about it. The attitude that Ella Mae displays--of resilience, creativity, problem-solving, and hard work--is a good one to model to all little [...]

    16. This is a touching story about two African American girls who open their own shoe shop. It depicts a time of segregation. Ella Mae goes to the shoe shop in the town and isn’t allowed to try on the shoes, they traced her feet to find the right size. This was mind blowing to me. How could we have treated people this way? The drawings in the book were also realistic. They looked like photographs and not illustrations. This book is a great way to teach young readers about segregation and this dark [...]

    17. This is a good book to use to help children understand that children resisted racial injustice and created their own business for equal services for all during the time in the United States when African Americans were not treated equally under Jim Crow laws.

    18. This book is an excellent book that portrays discrimination. The book is about a youg girl who go to a shoe shop to try on shoes. Because they were color skinned, they were helped after all the caucasians had been helped. Because she was colored skin she was not allowed to try on a pair of shoes. Instead she had to trace her foot and estimate which shoe would fit. The young girl then comes up with an idea and makes her own shoe store selling all her old shoes and allows everyone to try on the sh [...]

    19. **SPOILER!! (first paragraph) This book is about an African American little girl named Ella Mae who wants a new pair of shoes and not her cousin Charlotte's hand me downs. Ella Mae and her mother go to Johnson's shoes to get Ella a new pair of shoes that will fit her. Her experience in the store is very Disconcerting. A white girl and her father walk in after Ella Mae and her mother, and they get service first. Also, the white girl gets to try on pairs of shoes but Ella has to have her foot trac [...]

    20. 1) My rationale for selecting New Shoes as part of my culturally diverse text set is because it fits in with an overall 'theme' – an African American woman as a main character or primary focus for the book. New Shoes tells the story of Ella Mae and her friend Charlotte (both African American girls) in the mid-1900s in the American South – during the period of time in which Jim Crow laws were put in place to segregate Black citizens. The book focuses on the experience of the two girls under t [...]

    21. This is a story set in the 1950’s, prior to the 1964 passage of the Civil Rights Act making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, or national origin.Ella Mae is a little girl who loves to look in the windows at Johnson’s Shoes, but her family can’t afford new shoes for her, so she gets hand-me-downs from her cousin Charlotte. But when Charlotte’s shoes become too small, Mama decides they just have to buy Ella Mae something new.At Johnson’s, Ella Mae and [...]

    22. The author shows African American day to day life back in the 1950s when discrimination and segregation still remained in American society. Mom represented the still remaining mindset of slavery during a time when a slight movement towards past mentality about black people and the new possibilities and expectations new generations of children look forward to assuming is taking place.Behaviors such as taking off shoes and check those so as to see if they are still in good conditions in order to s [...]

    23. New Shoes, By Susan Lynn MeyerRationaleNew Shoes is set in the 1950s. The main character is Ella Mae, an African-American girl. Ella Mae is finally allowed to get new shoes since she has outgrown her sister’s hand-me-down clothes. However, her excitement is turned to anger and confusion because the white salesman helps her last and won’t let her try on the shoes. Her mother has to trace her feet onto paper to get Ella Mae’s shoe size. Ella Mae and her friend Charlotte come up with an idea. [...]

    24. Rationale:This story takes place during the 1950’s, somewhere in the Jim Crow south. It is time for Ella Mae to get a new pair of shoes. Her mother and she go to the shoe store to buy her brand new pair of shoes. But, they shoe store owner favors a white girl and her father over Ella Mae and her mother. He also makes them draw their foot to check the size, instead of allowing them to try the shoe on; all because they are African-American. This shows the segregation within the south and the sep [...]

    25. A story about the power of children to think outside the box and deliver to their community a place of dignity and opportunity.a shoe store where they can try on shoes before they buy them. The personal nature of this story highlights for young children the indignity of segregation and prejudice. A young girl excited about the possibility of new shoes ( clear luxury in her family) goes to the shoe story only to have to wait tile a white customer is served first (even though the young girl had e [...]

    26. "In this historical fiction picture book, Ella Mae and her cousin Charlotte, both African American, start their own shoe store when they learn that they cannot try on shoes at the shoe store"Ella Mae is in Johnson's Shoe Store where she sees a white patron, that came after her, get served first and tries on shoes. But when it is Ella Mae's turn, she is not given the same customer service as the white patrons. She is not even allowed to try on the shoes. She has to trace her foot and Mr. Johnson [...]

    27. This is perhaps one of the most optimistic books about the Jim Crow period I have ever seen, and that makes it best for a first introduction to this part of America's shameful history. Meyer and Velasquez make no effort to soften the hurt of these discriminatory practices, but the ingenuity of Ellie Mae and Charlotte, along with the history note at the end of the book, shows one of the ways that African American people pushed back against the law. You'll want to make sure to accompany this lesso [...]

    28. As a girl from the same era, slightly farther north, I stared at new shoes in a store window and knew I MIGHT get a pair for back to school but I MIGHT be wearing a hand-me-down pair. This story grabbed me from the start with that connection, and took me right along for the ride as buying new shoes turned from a thrilling necessity to a humiliating scene of discrimination. I love the spread in which the two lucky "new shoes" girls on a segregated playground in a segregated school avoided challen [...]

    29. Ella Mae needs new shoes for school, and her big sister's don't fit! So off to the shoe store they go, to get brand new shoes that she picks out all by herself! Things become less fun and exciting, though, when Ella Mae isn't allowed to try on the shoes in the store because she's black. Instead the clerk at the store traces her foot and finds the pair that should fit. Ella Mae doesn't like that she couldn't try on shoes on the store, so her and a friend concoct a plan! They go through the neighb [...]

    30. I brought this book home from the library because it brought something to my attention that I honestly had never thought of. We all learn about segregation here in the States and how everything was separate, from classes to water fountains to where you could sit on the bus. But honestly, I had never thought about how that would affect clothing.When I heard this book followed two young African-American girls who decided that it is silly for them to be denied the right to try on shoes and took mat [...]

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