The farm in Neyshabur, Iran, with its cows, chickens, ducks, and vegetables, is heavenly for a small child. Robab Saniee delights in helping with chores, astonished at her grandmother’s energy. Her grandmother ascribed her strength to her simple black shoes. They are magical, she explains. The shoes work their magic to help Robab Saniee cope with illness, loss, and change.