Simple Pleasures Ah, but the Loire Valley isn't all castles! Back at our friend's house, Becassine and I are playing in a pair of child-size "sabots," as they are called in French. Our hostess wore these to school 50 years ago. I'd love to wear wooden shoes to school... wooden shoe??? Perhaps this means I've had enough of grandeur; I am ready to return to my modest crate in San Francisco.