Review/ Red Socks Go With Absolutely Anything

Edmonton-based Darla Woodley inspires and touches the heart with her new children's book about unconditional love

by paula e. kirman

I FEEL strong. I am ready. I can do anything.”

This is the refrain in Red Socks Go With Absolutely Anything, a storybook for children by Darla Woodley, an Edmonton-based writer and mother. Red socks is a metaphor for a mother's unconditional love giving her child the strength and confidence to meet the challenges of life from an early age through to adulthood and the mother's own decline. 

Dara Woodley's 'Red Socks Go With Absolutely Anything (illustrated by Evan Munday)
The book, which is at a mid-elementary reading level or could be read with a parent by younger children, was inspired by a family who literally wore red socks to show support to each other in times of need. After all, red socks are bright and bold and stand out no matter what they are worn with – at the same time, they do indeed go with anything.

Illustrations by Evan Munday (who lives in Toronto) are detailed but in black and white, except for – you guessed it – the red socks. The book has been receiving numerous accolades, including the Literary Classics Seal of Approval and being a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards. It's a story that is inspiring, touching, and tear-jerking, and one I definitely recommend for all parents and schools.


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