A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno, Kazue Mizumura

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A child's delight in a new pair of shoes is the same all over the world, whether the shoes are patent-leather sandals, straw alpargatas, deerskin moccasins or wooden clogs. For Mako, a little Japanese girl, the new shoes were clogs painted with red lacquer that shone beautifully. This is the story of what happened after she cracked the new clogs playing the weather-telling game and so longed for a bright, shiny new pair to replace them that she almost did a dishonest thing.

The warmth and quiet understanding of the grandmother who, remembering her own temptations as a little girl, recalls this story for her granddaughter, makes A Pair of Red Clogs especially moving. Kazue Mizumura's charming illustrations are as delicate and graceful as the story itself.

"Perfect for preschoolers." --Parents Magazine

Masako Matsuno's first book for children grew out of her wish to capture the sound of wooden clogs on a stone road in "the beautiful rhythm of the English language." The idea for the story came to her one day when she suddenly felt like walking in wooden clogs to hear the familiar clatter, kara koro, kara koro. "I shall be happy if this story gives American children 'something Japanese' in sound as well as in spirit."

ages: 4-8

Purple House Press 

0.2" H x 9.1" L x 7.8" W 

32 pages