A Flock of Shoes and The Stone Hatchlings

A Flock of Shoes 

Story by Sarah Tsiang

Art by Qin Leng

Annick Press




Abby is my kind of gal, she loves her shoes and has a fierce imagination to boot. Abby helps us learn about the seasons of shoes. In the summer she has a great pair of pink and brown sandals with lime green trim. But as it gets colder and her mother tries to persuade her to wear something warmer the sandals suddenly take off. They migrate with the other summer sandals to warmer climates. But don’t worry they send postcards to tell Abby how much they miss her.

All winter long she thinks about her sandals and how much she misses them. And she soon learns to love her winter boots. “They were white and blue and had a lovely trim of purple that went all around the edges.” But as the weather got warmer and the northern train started calling they too took off one day. But not to fear, Abby wasn’t left shoe-less because even before she could be sad about her boots “she heard the swish of flying sandals.” Her sandals had returned to her and a new summer of adventures was about to begin.

Abby returns in another story by Tsiang and Leng called The Stone Hatchlings. We see her imagination run wild again when she finds a pair of heavy eggs in her backyard, or are they stones?

The Stone Hatchlings

Story by Sarah Tsiang

Art by Qin Leng

Annick Press




In case you thought Abby only loved shoes here she is again learning about nature and the limitlessness of her imagination. When she finds two heavy eggs in her backyard she takes care of them as only a mother could and hatches two lovely blue-and-yellow feathered birds. Abby and the chicks do everything, including morning songs and birdbaths in the tub. But eventually Abby must learn to let go and let her baby birds fly free.

The artwork in both books is beautiful and detailed. Abby’s backyard looks like a place you could escape to for hours. Make sure to check out Qin Leng’s blog for more illustrations. And mark your calendars for The Word on the Street to meet Sarah Tsiang in person. She might even read you a story or two.

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