Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Librarian shares about THE ORANGE SHOES by Trinka Hakes Noble + WINNER ANNOUNCED

Dear Friends,

I was so delighted when a retired librarian, Gaye McCallum shared on FB about how much she loved The Orange Shoes and used it in her school library classes for many years. She agreed to share those thoughts and her experiences with all of you. Inspiring.

Here’s what Librarian Gaye McCallum wrote:

The Orange Shoes by Trinka Hakes Noble is a timeless novel that captured my heart on my first read. As a librarian, I was able to share this novel with every age from Kindergarten to Fifth Grade and teach such valuable lessons. I incorporated it into valuing each person’s talents, knowing that riches don’t necessarily equate to money, understanding the cruelty of bullying, and the importance of love of family. My students and I had amazing discussions about what they would choose to do as a bullied classmate, her classmates, and also talked about why the bullying might have occurred. We marveled at Delly’s artwork and how she turned such cruelty into beauty. The love of family was also a topic that was warmed all our hearts as we discussed ways that family is our shelter. Her mother’s creativity as well as her father’s love and pride in his daughter were wonderful subtopics to pursue.  

I highly recommend this book to all families, teachers, and anyone who longs for a heartwarming story filled with beautiful illustrations.

Thank you, Gaye. I’m sure your review will inspire teachers and parents to purchase this book for students and children or to request it from their local library. 

Many of you may recall Trinka’s book, Rettie and the Ragamuffin Parade: A Thanksgiving Story that was featured here last November. Here’s the link back to that post in case you missed it: Thanksgiving with Author Trinka Hakes Noble + Giveaway

And now Announcing the LUCKY WINNER of THE ORANGE SHOES

Congratulations go out to:

Jilanne, Please email me: claragillowclark(at)gmail(dot)com with your mailing address and to whom you’d like the book inscribed. Thanks! And thank you everyone who stopped by to leave a comment or read the post. 

Next up is a Splendid Friend Indeed who will share about her brand new picture book, another perfect pick for National Anti-bullying Month. 

See you soon!


  1. Woohoo!!! What a fabulous surprise! Just came home today after three days of intense Kidquake preparations, school assemblies, and workshops to find out I am one lucky winner! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  2. You are so welcome, Jilanne! Congratulations!