A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno


If we admit it, from time to time, we are all tempted to tell a little white lie if we think it might benefit us somehow or to cover up a mistake. However, we must choose to have integrity and realize that is not the honorable way to handle the situation.

This story is about a little girl named Mako, who makes a bad decision and must choose how to deal with the consequences. Her mother has bought Mako a new pair of clogs, and she gets one of them cracked while playing with her friends.

Now, they are not new and beautiful as they once were, and she wants a new pair. But, she knows her mother will not buy a new pair so soon.

Mako devises a plan that she thinks will get her a new pair of clogs. She must, however, decide whether it is worth going through with her plan to get what she wants.

A Pair of Red Clogs is a great example of doing what is right, even when we might get what we desire through inappropriate actions. Mako learns that her integrity is more important than getting a new pair of clogs, even though she wants them very badly.

Tiny Tidbits: This was Matsuno’s first children’s book. One day as she was walking in her wooden clogs, she came up with the idea of writing a story that would capture, in the English language, the sound of the clogs, Kara kora, kara kora, on a stone road.

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Posted on April 20th, 2009 in Books | 2 Comments
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