Kelly, I LOVE IT, TOOOO!!
What a great book. I love everything about it.
I will put a little list together for you to get you going on your character unit. . . But for now, check out the book, If The Shoe Fits, by Gary Soto. It's a lot like Those Shoes. You can make connections across texts and compare/contrast characters.
There's a really detailed summary on the Scholastic Book Wizard link:
We'll never look at the shoes in the same way. . .
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