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Four Feet, Two Sandals

Four Feet, Two Sandals
Written by Karen Lynn Williams & Khadra Mohammed
Illustrated by Doug Chayka

Two young Afghani girls living in a refugee camp in Pakistan share a precious pair of sandals brought by relief workers.


Open-Ended Questions

These questions can be used during an interactive read aloud to engage student interest.

  • Why hasn't Lina worn shoes for two years - since she was eight? (page 3)
  • Where was Lina from? Where is she now? What do you notice about the place where she is living? (page 7)
  • Why don't the girls care about looking silly wearing just one sandal? (page 16)
  • What do you think the list is for? (page 20)
  • Who do you think should keep the sandals? Why? (page 21)

Vocabulary Words

  • Refugee
  • Admire



Everyone in the class can design two matching sandals. Cut the two sandals apart. Mix them up! Can you match the sandals? Make a pattern for this activity by tracing a sandal.


Find Afghanistan and Pakistan on a map. Think about how far refugees would have to walk from on country to the other. Would they have to pass over mountains? Rivers? What are the main cities of the two countries? What is the weather like in these countries?

Then, look at a map of Pennsylvania. What are the main cities? What is the weather like? Compare this information with what the students learned about Afghanistan and Pakistan. What would it be like for Lina to move here?


Journal Questions

  • When was a time you shared something with a friend?
  • What do you think Lina's life will be like in America?

Extending Books

Other books by Karen Lynn Williams

My Name is Sangoel
Written by Karen Lynn Williams & Khadra Mohammed
Illustrated by Catherine Stock

As a refugee from Sudan to the United States, Sangoel is frustrated that no one can pronouce his name correctly until he finds a clever way to solve the problem.


Circles of Hope
Written by Karen Lynn Williams
Illustrated by Linda Saport

After many futile attempts to plant a tree in honor of his new baby sister, a young Haitian boy discovers the perfect solution.


One Thing I'm Good At
by Karen Lynn Williams

Julie, a middle child, feels overwhelmed by problems with her schoolwork, her teenage sister's moodiness, and her father's recent heart attack, all of which make her feel dumb and useless.




Painted Dreams
Written by Karen Lynn Williams
Illustrated by Catherine Stock

Because her Haitian family is too poor to be able to buy paints for her, eight-year-old Ti Marie finds her own way to create pictures that make the heart sing.



When Africa was Home
Written by Karen Lynn Williams
Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

After returning to the United States, Peter's whole family misses the warmth and friendliness of their life in Africa; so Peter's father looks for another job there.