Chloe and Her Two Red Shoes
Shanequa Davis, Illustrations by Barbara Mason Rast
Treehouse, $18.99, unpaged
ISBN-10: 0989953106
ISBN-13: 978-0989953108
Review by Monique Dorrance

Hand Me Down Love.

Chloe loves her hand-me-down clothes. She is the youngest of six and almost all of her clothes have been already worn by her elder siblings. When she discovers a wooden trunk tucked away in the back of Mama's closet, a whole new world family history opens to her. She is happy but they are still hand-me-downs and Chloe remains wistful for something of her own. What little girl wouldn't be happy with brand new, never-ever-worn-by-anyone-else clothes? Her dreams come true when Mama takes her to buy her very own pair of shiny red shoes! Read more...

The Daily Lead

America Lacks Multicultural Literature
by Tejas Desai

The absurdly low percentage of multicultural literature published by the major publishing industry is a topic which has been addressed before, and more recently in an Op-Ed in the New York Times by Christopher Myers. But given the current state of the American literary landscape, let us look more deeply into the state of multicultural literature itself. Read more....

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