Those Shoes

Jeremy yearns for a pair of the black high-top sneakers all the kids are wearing, but his grandmother can't afford them so he makes do with a pair from the box of cast-offs in the school guidance office. To his amazement and delight, Jeremy finds a too-small pair of the prized shoes on a visit to the thrift shop and hopes they will stretch to fit his feet. When they don't, Jeremy struggles with his conscience and reluctantly gives the shoes to his friend. This inner city story poignantly explores how generosity and friendship ultimately outweigh the appeal of material possessions. This video is an adaptation of the picture book written by Maribeth Boelts and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. A teacher's guide is available.