I appreciate a good children's book. I love how good picture books successfully blend the story and illustration together, to form a work of art.
In The Sandal Artist, the author, Kathleen Pelley takes a familiar parable of sorts, and turns it into a new work of fiction.
In the book, she follows Roberto's journey as he grows and changes from an aspiring artist who only paints "bright vibrant" scenes - neglecting the images of the poor children playing or an older man with his donkey - until he begins to value the people and places around him.
This all takes place because a cobbler lends Roberto a pair of sandals and tells him they may help him see the world in a new light.
It's a re-telling of the idea of "walking" in another person's shoes, will help you really understand them.
This is an interesting children's book. I like the story line, and the images are beautifully created.
It's a simple story - not too "Christian" but definitely one that has a positive moral message.
I do think this would make a good "bedtime" book for a parent to read to a child - because it would open a conversation about how you value life and the people and things around you.
On the scale of one to five, it's a three. Beautiful images, thought provoking words and a nice addition to my children's picture book collection.
You can find more online here:
Visit Kathleen Pelley's Website
Note: I received a copy of this book, from the publisher. However, the free book did not influence this review.
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