New Shoes for Helen by Ifeoma Onyefulu, Ifeoma Onyefulu


New Shoes for Helen by Ifeoma Onyefulu, Ifeoma Onyefulu

Helen needs some special shoes for her aunty's wedding. She tries on all kinds of shoes at home, but some are too big and some are too small - and none of them are special sparkly shoes. So Helen and her mum take a trip to the market to see if they can find the perfect pair of shoes for Helen. A simple and charming photographic book, introducing a first concept familiar around the world (a first shoe-shopping trip), but in an Ethiopian village setting.


Super resource to celebrate cultural diversity in a very natural, accessible and enjoyable way. Early Years Educator There's little to this story, but that is its point: we are given a glimpse into a life lived in a far distant country with a very different culture, and yet we instantly recognize the familiarity of the experience. It is refreshing to see positive images of life in Africa, for once: fundraising campaigns and news stories have to show us unrelenting misery and despair, apparently, or we will refuse to part with our pennies to help. It would be good to see more books like this, that show just how similar we humans are, and what a huge influence the lottery of our births has on our lives. Armadillo Magazine

About the Author

IFEOMA ONYEFULU was raised in a traditional village in Eastern Nigeria. A is for Africa, her first book, has become a classic title in the genre of cultural diversity. Ifeoma has twice won the Children's Africana Book Award: Best Book for Young Children in the USA: Here Comes our Bride (9781845071134) won in 2005 and Ikenna Goes to Nigeria (9781845079604) in 2008. Ifeoma lives in London with her two sons. Her other titles for Frances Lincoln are African Christmas (9781845074210), Chidi Only Likes Blue (9781845075132), Chinye (9781845071783), Deron Goes to Nursery School , Ebele's Favourite (9781845071868), Emeka's Gift (9780711212558), The Girl Who Married a Ghost (9781847800114), Grandma Comes to Stay, My Grandfather is a Magician (9781845075101), New Shoes for Helen, One Big Family (9781845076863), Saying Goodbye (9780711217010) and A Triangle for Adaora (9781845077389).

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Publication date

24th February 2011



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