Two Pairs of Shoes is a wonderful children's picture book about a young Ojibway girl who receives two special gifts on her birthday. Maggie receives a pair of black, patent leather shoes from her mother. It is the gift Maggie had hoped for. In her excitement, Maggie runs to her Kokom's to show her grandmother the special present. Kokum agrees that the shoes are lovely. Maggie is pleased to learn Kokum also has a gift hidden under the bed. Maggie finds a bag with a beautiful pair of beaded moccasins. The moccasins are especially appreciated because Kokum is blind. Maggie wonders how she has managed to create such a beautiful beaded pattern. Kokum explains that Maggie is fortunate to have two pairs of shoes, and advises her granddaughter that she will have to learn there are times and ways to wear each pair of shoes. Ojibwe terms for daughter and grandmother are used effectively in the text, and a glossary is included. Author Esther Sanderson is a Native Language Consultant with Manitoba Education. Her story is a positive blend of contemporary with the traditional that incorporates the importance of the extended family in Native communities. Young children will enjoy the colour illustrations by Native artist David Beyer. His images capture the joy and tenderness of the story.