Book review: Four Feet, Two Sandals

About: This book is set in a refugee camp. It’s about the friendship between two girls brought together by a pair of sandals. It’s also a very human vignette into life in the camp. The artwork doesn’t stint on either colour or the sense of heat and dryness and dust, and I love it.

Four Feet, Two Sandals, written by Karen Lynn Williams & Khadra Mohammed, illustrated by Doug Chayka

Good things:

  • Two girls as lead characters, and it’s delicately shown that they have both had to shoulder some part of the family leadership in the course of their escape to the camp.
  • The lead characters are Islamic, POC and refugees.
  • The story is, at its heart, about sharing and giving even when you have almost nothing of your own.
  • The lead characters have to develop empathy for each other.
  • Humanises and makes real both refugees and life in the camps.
  • Grief is acknowledged, though given that it’s a children’s book it’s not lingered upon.
  • Good artwork.
“As-salaam alaykum”, Lina greeted her. The girl only stared.