Did you know that around 84 million socks go missing in the UK every month?
Did you also know that there are around 65 million people who are refugees or asylum seekers in the world?
‘Where do odd socks go?’ covers both these topics and more and is one to share with anyone who lives in the world.
This colourful picture book covers the pertinent issue of minority groups in our society through the use of odd socks. It is not only a fun way to view this huge issue of people who are often forgotten, but also an empowering way to show children that they can make a difference to these people’s lives.
On the first double page spread you will meet the main characters of the story – the Outrank team (members of this team are out to rescue the odd socks) and then the odd socks (socks who feel lonely, left out, different, worried or bullied).
It’s important to spend some time here looking at the different socks and wondering why they feel the way they do – and relating this to people in our society.
You’ll then meet Tilly and Tolin, twins with special powers, who are out to rescue the odd socks with the help of the Outrank team.
Children will travel through the book with the characters in order to find the different socks and see that team work is a marvellous tool.
You’ll also journey to Egypt and learn a fascinating fact (that the oldest pair of stockings were found in a circa 500AD tomb uncovered by archaeologists) and see that despite everyone’s differences, we are all important members of society.
Not only is this picture book fun to read, it is also a book you can draw many different discussions from. You will enlighten children about the important differences between us all, the importance of team work and most importantly the importance of looking out for each other.
The illustrations are fantastic – we loved looking at the different characters and their interesting antics. The layout of this story make the book fun and both of these combined allow this story to be engaging and easier to grasp the different socks and their needs.
Where do odd socks go? By Yvonne and illustrated by Sunshine is a much needed story and one to share with as many children as you can!
Teacher notes to come soon – watch this space!
Thanks for sharing this one, Vanessa. It sounds like a lovely book with an important message.
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