The author and illustrator of Crabs for Dinner, Adowa A. Badoe and Belinda Ageda have created another enchanting picture book for children. The Queen's New Shoes introduces us to Esmeralda, the formidable queen of Istanbul, and her closet full of shoes - not including the ones on her feet, which totals two thousand four hundred and forty-nine pairs in all! Esmeralda must have one more pair of shoes because the number "two thousand five hundred sounds even and nice." When Esmeralda has searched the cit, finding not one pair to please her, she issues a royal decree granting a wish to the person who finds her a pair of shoes to match her rainbow royal gown. When a poor girl named Rada brings Esmeralda her only pair of shoes, sandals woven from strips of colourful rags, Esmeralda must face the girl and the promise that will change her life and the city forever. The Queen's New Shoes teaches us thoughtful lessons on greed and arrogance, and offers us a wonderful tale of learning and sharing.
Used availability for Adwoa Badoe's The Queen's New Shoes
December 1998 : USA Hardback
January 1998 : Canada Paperback