You, too, can have red shoes of courage. All you need to do is believe. The kitchen table at Nana Emily’s house is the place where Lily feels most at home. Every day after school, she and Nana Emily bake, laugh and talk about all kinds of things. When Lily tells her grandmother that she did something she’s not proud of, Nana Emily encourages her to share. Lily feels terrible because when some mean girls at school made fun of Aleeza’s headscarf, Lily joined in on the laughing and hurt Aleeza’s feelings.
Nana Emily tells Lily that we all make mistakes, but it’s how we fix the mistakes that make us who we are. Then Nana Emily gives Lily something that will change her life forever: a beautiful pair of red shoes with the word Courage emblazoned on them in gold letters. Nana Emily tells Lily that her new red shoes will give her the courage to do the right thing, even when it is hard. But she must believe in her own power to do so. Will Lily be brave enough to apologize to Aleeza and also stand up to the other girls at school?
Through her courage and kindness, might she even make a new friend? In this powerful and beautifully told story about strength, courage, kindness, sticking up for others, and doing the right thing, Lily’s Red Shoes of Courage will encourage children of all ages to put on their own red shoes of courage and stand up for themselves even when it is not easy.
Lori Stevic-Rust, Ph.D., ABPP., is a clinical health psychologist and an international consultant. As an award-winning keynote speaker, media contributor, author of five books and the Dr. Lori column, she integrates science and real-life experiences with enthusiasm and wit. She has received several awards for her advocacy of seniors and women. Stevic-Rust is a proud member of a five-generation family and lives in Cleveland, OH, with her husband and the voice of her 105-year-old Nana Emily. She has two adult daughters and has her own pair of red shoes of courage.