A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Try to find a way to help people by fighting for their rights. No one else's footsteps lead to exactly where you're going. Always be prepared for what the day may bring, by dressing the part. It's important to have integrity in everything you do.
Positive Role Models
Raphael displays integrity, commitment, and care when helping the community. This is a lesson he tries to pass on to those around him.
The main character is Black, and he becomes the United States' first Black Senator from Georgia. The book features characters of different ages, races, and skin tones, as well as people with various abilities. The story highlights inequity in the past and in the present.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Put Your Shoes On & Get Ready! is a picture book by Senator Raphael G. Warnock about his life story. The book highlights the evolution of Raphael's life as he moves from one role to the next, ultimately becoming the first Black senator from Georgia. He tells the story through the shoes he needed for each step on his path, noting that everyone needs shoes that fit their feet and prepare them for the role or job they need to take on each day, and that it's important to be prepared for what you're about to do. Themes include activism, care for the community, and living to your fullest potential.
Is It Any Good?
This inspiring picture book imparts an important message about finding your dreams and chasing them. Put Your Shoes On & Get Ready! introduces readers to Senator Warnock's life in a creative way -- through his shoes. The shoes he walked in throughout his life were key to leading him to where he is now. This approach gives new meaning and excitement to the routine of getting up and getting dressed for the day. You never know where life will lead you!
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