Shoes for Everyone: A Story About Jan Matzeliger

By Barbara Mitchell

Reading Level: Late Elementary School
Genre: Non Fiction
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books, Inc. 1986

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A biography of the half-Dutch/half-black Surinamese man who, despite hardships and prejudice, invented a shoe-lasting machine that revolutionized the shoe industry.

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Caldecott Medal

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Coretta Scott King Award

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Golden Kite Award

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Newbery Medal

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Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

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