Sam Bennett's New Shoes

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Sam Bennett needs new shoes. His old ones are full of holes. And Sam is growing up. With new shoes, he will now be able to help his pa plow the fields and sheer the sheep. Yet when Sam’s new shoes arrive, he learns that his old shoes still have a purpose. Together, Sam and his pa hide his old shoes in the walls of the house to bring the family good luck.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2006-01-01
BISACS JUV012030, JUV016110, JUV048000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Guided Reading Level L
ATOS Reading Level 3.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 102980
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards and Reviewed


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2006



“A coming-of-age tale, based on a fascinating tradition, traces the growth of a boy in colonial times. . . With underlying yellow hues and simply lined, folklike figures, the illustrations express warmth among a close-knit, early American family. An excellent choice for classroom use.”

School Library Journal

“Thermes’s tale is chock-full of historical facts and tidbits. Her detailed illustrations show much about 18th-century life but stay focused on the central narrative. An author’s note explains that hidden shoes in the walls of old houses, called concealments, inspired the story. This title can be used as an educational tool or simply as an enjoyable read-aloud.”
School Library Journal

Author, Illustrator: Jennifer Thermes