Alice’s Shoe

Julie Thorndyke, Jennifer Harrison

A country child, Alice ran barefoot. On smooth waxed floorboards, over dusty clay in the yard, through icy water in the creek… she refused to wear shoes. After losing her sight and hearing through illness, Alice slowly made her way back to life and became the first deafblind person in Australia to be educated. Her hated shoe was Alice’s first connection with the world of language as she learnt to sign.

Alice’s Shoe tells the childhood story of Alice Betteridge, who became known as ‘Australia’s Helen Keller’.

Alice’s Shoe is an important book telling an important life story. It is one that should be shared in every classroom. The illustrations perfectly depict the era but also the warmth of a little girl experiencing the joy of living, no matter the challenges given to her.


Picture book

Julie Thorndyke

Julie Thorndyke is a graduate of the University of Sydney Master of Creative Writing program. She has published two collections of tanka poetry, and an adult novel.

MidnightSun Publishing

MidnightSun Publishing is a small press based in Adelaide dedicated to finding new and unknown voices in Australia and overseas. We only publish books that we love, including picture books, middle grade novels and young adult fiction.