Australian Curriculum

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Grandma’s Treasured Shoes’

At talks to oldsters and educators, I all the time say that books permit younger individuals to walk in the footwear of others. By no means was this saying more related than with the newest e-book by Coral Vass; a narrative of a grandma and her treasured footwear, which are together with her as she flees her house nation of Vietnam as a small baby and then remain together with her all the time. ‘Grandma’s Treasured Footwear’ is a must-have refugee story for early childhood and primary faculty lecture rooms and deserves a spot on every residence bookshelf.

Title: ‘Grandma’s Treasured Footwear’
Writer: Coral Vass
Illustrator: Christina Huynh
Writer: National Library of Australia (NLA Publishing)
Age Vary: early childhood, decrease main, center main.
Themes: refugees, migrants, treasured objects, history, family historical past, NLA collection.

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Grandma has oodles and oodles of footwear. Walking footwear, dancing footwear, fancy and plain, Grandma
has a shoe for every event. So why are these scratched and dusty previous ones so special?

Story of refugees and migrants are vitally essential in making certain young individuals construct an consciousness of the challenges confronted by people and households who stay the truth. Every baby can and will develop their understanding of the issues dealing with refugees and displaced youngsters by way of books reminiscent of ‘Grandma’s Treasured Footwear’. It is so fantastic that Coral Vass has written this guide for an early childhood – decrease main viewers as it is never too younger to construct empathy, understanding and kindness.  As with all of the fabulous NLA titles, this one has a brief non fiction section on the conclusion of the story which pulls on material housed within the Nationwide Library of Australia, such an exquisite option to permit extensive entry to the collection.

Comply with it Up within the Residence, Classroom or Library

Academics’ Notes prepared by instructor Melissa Kroeger for Youngsters’s Books Day by day in context with the Australian Curriculum.

Title: ‘Grandma’s Treasured Footwear’
Writer:  Coral Vass
Illustrator: Christina Huynh

‘They’re previous footwear,
Frail footwear,
Dusty and pale footwear,
Hidden with secrets,
Exceptional footwear’


  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • English


  • Literacy
  • Important-Artistic
  • Numeracy
  • Studying
  • Private-Social
  • Ethical-Understanding



  1. Take a look at the front cowl, read the title and talk about
  • What do you assume the guide is about?
  • The place do you assume the e-book takes place?
  • Who is sporting the footwear in the picture?
  • What does ‘treasured’ imply?
  • Why would footwear be treasured?
  • Do you could have a pair of footwear that you simply love?
  1. Learn the blurb on the back and talk about:
  • Why do you assume these footwear could possibly be so particular?
  • Why would something previous be extraordinary?

Read the e-book

  • Look on page three and talk about what all of the footwear can be used for? Several types of weather/ types/ events?
  • Learn page four and 5 and ask which shoe links to every a part of the text and why.
  • Take a look at the illustration on page 7 and talk about where the land distant might be.
  • Learn web page 9 and ask how might footwear be hidden with secrets and tales? Does it mean something else?
  • Take a look at the illustrations on web page 10 and 11 and ask – what country do you assume this is in? What elements of the illustration inform you that?
  • Learn page 12 and ask – what does flee mean? Why would they should run away? Take a look at the expressions on their faces – how are they feeling?
  • Read page 14 and ask – how might footwear be fearful, racing chasing and escaping? Or does it imply something else? What might it’s? Take a look at the illustrations on page 14 and 15 – what are the individuals operating to? Wouldn’t it really be that they’re operating in the direction of huge footwear?
  • Read web page 16 and talk about the adjectives – trembling, teary, roaming, weary, muddy, drifting, sandy, shifting. What do these words actually mean? Take a look at the illustrations on pages 16 and 17 – what do you notice – empty cans, expressions on the characters’ faces, hats all on their own. What do you assume all this stuff imply?
  • Learn page 19. It says that she has ‘salty but free’ footwear – what does that imply? Take a look at the illustrations – what do you assume the blue ocean, rising solar and inexperienced mountains symbolize?
  • Read page 20. Talk about the time period. Do you assume it is a long time? Why did it take so lengthy? Examine it to flying in an aeroplane. Why would the woman be given new footwear?
  • On page 21 it describes the footwear as ‘strange’ footwear. Why is that? Why do you assume that she has been given faculty footwear?
  • On pages 23, 24, 25 and 26 hyperlink the footwear to the textual content. Do you’ve gotten footwear like these?
  • On page 31 the footwear are proven in a field. Why do you assume that may be?
  • Learn page 32. Why would the footwear be OUR most beloved footwear? How have these footwear impacted on different generations?
  • Read the non-fiction text behind the guide about refugees
  • Learn the text on the very back of the guide concerning the writer, Coral Vass and the illustrator Christina Huynh.


Content material Description: ACHASSI018 Pose questions about past and present objects, individuals, locations and occasions


  • posing questions with the stems ‘where’, ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ about households, celebrations, locations and the weather
  • asking questions before, during and after listening to stories about individuals and places and about their previous and current
  • getting ready questions for folks and members of older generations about how they lived prior to now, where they lived and the places they value
  • accumulating and displaying everyday objects (for example, toys, phone, radio, cooking utensils, garments) and different sources (for instance, pictures, discovered objects, maps, statement sketches) to stimulate ‘Where’, ‘What’, ‘When’, ‘How’ and ‘Why?’ questions.
  1. Class Quiz. After studying the e-book utilizing the above questioning in the ‘Read the book’ part, ask students to put in writing their very own question(s) concerning the ebook to ask the category using ‘where’, ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ questioning ie: What country did grandma used to stay in? How did grandma get to another nation?
  2. Family Survey. As a category provide you with an inventory of questions that students can ask their mother and father or older generations about how they lived up to now, where they stay and locations they worth. For example: What sort of clothes did you used to wear as a toddler that’s totally different to clothes at present? How did you used to get to high school? The place did you live growing up? What place is special to you and why? Collate your solutions. Talk about together with your class. Produce a category graph to point out the variations between what an older era did in comparison with what we do now.
  3. Host a Grandparent Morning Tea. Ask grandparents/ older generations to usher in an object or a photo of one thing from their childhood to current to the category. Have youngsters pose ‘Where’, ‘What’, ‘When’, ‘How’ and ‘Why?’ questions about them. Read the ebook ‘Grandma’s Treasured Footwear’ to all and have the class talk about with them how this e-book stimulated their search for objects from past generations.


Content Description: ACHASSI020 Type and document info and knowledge, including location, in tables and on plans and labelled maps


  • creating and sharing idea maps to point out personal understanding of their world (for example, an internet of family relationships and connections, or a mental map of their place and its necessary options or spaces)
  • making artefact and photograph shows to point out the options of a place (for example, collections of pure and constructed things from the setting) or to point out the passing of time (for example, collections of issues used when rising older, toys used by totally different generations) and labelling the show with simple captions
  • recording knowledge concerning the location of locations and their features on maps and/or plans (for instance, labelling the situation of their house and every day route to high school on a map of the native area, drawing a plan of their classroom and labelling its activity spaces)
  • creating a pictorial desk to classify info (for example, matching clothes with seasons, actions with the weather, features and locations, locations with the work achieved)
  1. Create a Family Tree. Have youngsters usher in pictures of their household – grandmothers, grandfathers, mom, father, siblings and so forth. Make labels for the relations and have students draw a big tree on an A3. College students start at the prime putting their eldest relations and label them. On the department under place pictures of the subsequent in age relations and label. Continue until all pictures are used. Have college students speak to the category about their household tree. Show within the classroom.
  2. Toys Over Time. Utilizing catalogues, have students minimize out footage of toys. With the class speak concerning the toys – what they’re manufactured from, do they need batteries or electrical energy to work and so forth. Discover and print some footage of toys from past generations online, have college students reduce them out. Talk about with the category what they’re manufactured from and what they needed to work. Make a comparison chart and show.
  3. Match the Footwear. Print footage of various footwear /discover shoe footage in catalogues, identical to in the guide – footwear for the park, dancing, seashore, splash in the rain, fancy footwear and so forth. Have college students choose a pair of footwear and draw the suitable clothes to go together with them. You could design a template of a person and the students use that to draw on. To extend additional here’s a fun web site which students can play online a match the pairs recreation (word and merchandise of clothes) and it also incorporates worksheets on this matter too.

English – YEAR 4

Content Description: ACELA1496 Explore the effect of decisions when framing an image, placement of parts within the image, and salience on composition of still and shifting pictures in a variety of forms of texts


  • analyzing visible and multimodal texts, building a vocabulary to explain visible parts and methods similar to framing, composition and visible viewpoint and beginning to know how these decisions impression on viewer response
  1. Take a look at the Illustrations. Take a look at the entrance cover of the ebook – what does it show? Consider the positioning of the every of the elements. What varieties of colors, strains and mediums has the illustrator used? Why has the illustrator finished this? What are they making an attempt to make us really feel? Wouldn’t it look totally different if jagged strains and dark, gloomy colours have been used? Make an inventory of phrases to describe visible parts. Take a look at different pages within the e-book and speak about these parts.
  2. Take a look at Different Books. Find different image books and talk about these totally different parts and how they examine. An excellent e-book for comparability is ‘ANZAC Biscuits’ Phil Cummings and Owen Swan. Examine the totally different parts of the art work of Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. What else can you examine?

English – YEAR 4

Content Description: ACELT1603 Talk about literary experiences with others, sharing responses and expressing a viewpoint


  • sharing and discussing students’ own and others’ understanding of the consequences of specific literary methods on their appreciation of texts
  • drawing comparisons between a number of texts and students’ personal experiences. Commenting orally, in written type and in digital critiques on features comparable to: ‘Do I recognise this in my own world?’; ‘How is this text similar to or different from other texts I’ve read?’; ‘How common is it to human experience in the real world?’; ‘What new ideas does it bring?’; ’How do they match with what I consider?’
  1. How Did this Guide Make you Feel? Talk about this guide in a category or small group. Have you learnt of another books which debate refugees? Have you learnt of any refugees yourself? What are their stories? Or are you a refugee? What’s your story? Is it just like this ebook? How does grandma’s expertise in this ebook examine to your personal experience?
  1. Write a Refugee Story. Write a story about somebody fleeing their nation. Cover their causes for leaving their homeland, their voyage and their new life that they discover. Don’t overlook to incorporate feelings and feelings.