New Shoes is a story of friendship, taking risks, rescues, and listening to people who don’t agree with you about how they see a situation. Is it possible that someone else might look at a situation in a completely different but also correct way? What a mind-blowing idea in this world of fake news and polarized political life! But I digress.
Francis the Donkey is out there doing his thing in the world, producing amazing shoes from the best materials. He’s just gotten a commission from one of his favorite singers – a manatee who sings calypso – and then one of his suppliers goes missing. What to do? If you’re Francis, you find a friend and go looking, hoping for the best in an entirely new place. You also take reference materials about what you’ll see, so that you don’t look like a fool in front of the capybara and pale-throated three-toed sloth. You ask questions; you figure things out. Sometimes you aren’t 100% happy with what you learn, but you look for solutions instead of playing the blame game. In the end, you just might find you’ve gained more than you could possibly expect, and you’ll also have some awesome ideas for new shoes.
New Shoes by Sara Varon