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Leather Shoe Charlie
by Gyeong-hwa Kim
Age Range: 6-8
Set in Britain during the 19th-century Industrial Revolution, Charlie’s cobbler grandfather has made him a lovely pair of leather shoes which are his prized possession. There is no work in the village where Charlie lives and many families are leaving to find work in the city. Charlie's family move to Manchester where they find work in a textile factory. Charlie becomes known as 'leather shoe Charlie' because of his unusual footwear. The living and working conditions are harsh and his mother develops a persistent cough. Charlie overhears a neighbour say that tea is good for a cough but there is no money to buy it so he reluctantly decides to sell his precious leather shoes to help his mother.
Korean author Gyeong-hwa Kim uses a fictitious story to teach children about this period of history in Britain. There is a lot of factual information about the Industrial Revolution at the back of the book. The spectacular coloured illustrations by Italian twins Anna and Elena Balbusso, who are international award-winning artists, manages to depict the industrial gloom and smog of Manchester superbly. Their work has been published by major international publishers and companies throughout the world. Together they have illustrated over 40 books including the award-winning Folio Society edition of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. This is an appealing and educational story about the Industrial Revolution edited by well-known Australian author Joy Cowley for Big & Small Publishing whose first project was to publish new English editions of a selection of Korea’s best children’s picture books.