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Six-year-old Apollo walked as slowly as humanly possible, dragging his feet, head hanging. He was so, so sad.
Life was not going the way he planned.
My son needed new shoes.
His old shoes fit, but he had worn holes all the way through the soles and his sock-covered toes were visible through the holes in the top.
It was a sad day indeed.
After far too many frowns, multiple pairs of shoes, encouragement from me and $5.99, new shoes were purchased. It was not an easy purchase.
Apollo left with is new kicks on his feet, his old shoes in the garbage at the consignment store.
The new kicks? They have shoelaces instead of velcro so now he will have to master the art of shoe tying.
And guess what arrived in my mailbox (courtesy of Abrams books) the very next day?
My Kicks: A Sneaker Story! by Susan Verde and Katie Kath
The timing could not have been more perfect. Apollo had just given up a pair of shoes he loved and rather reluctantly agreed to a new pair.
In the story, My Kicks, the little boy’s mom insists, in no uncertain terms, that he get new shoes.
“They are old, falling apart, stinky and sticky…torn in places with shredded laces. It is time for a NEW pair.”
The little boy in the book feels exactly the way Apollo did. He reminisces over all of the good times he has had in his kicks. They are not only comfortable and worn in, they are full of happy (and not-so-happy) memories.
He reminisces over all of the good times he has had in his kicks. They are not only comfortable and worn in, they are full of happy (and not-so-happy) memories.
They are not only comfortable and worn in, they are full of happy (and not-so-happy) memories.
I won’t ruin the story for you, but he eventually picks out a new pair.
Apollo loved this story. He knew exactly what the little boy in the book was experiencing and it came at exactly the right time.
And the best part? The book has a shoe-tying guide on the cover (under the dust jacket).
Apollo is excited about learning a new skill…and now loves his new shoes.