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Indian Shoes (Hardcover)
This collection of interrelated stories is heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny. Cynthia Leitich Smith, acclaimed author of Rain Is Not My Indian Name, writes with wit and candor about what it's like to grow up as a Seminole-Cherokee boy who is just as happy pounding the pavement in windy Chicago as rowing on a take in rural Oklahoma. This chapter book [or this series] is perfect for growing readers in first or second grade.
What do Indian shoes look like, anyway? Like beautiful beaded moccasins...or hightops with bright orange shoelaces?
Ray Halfmoon prefers hightops, but he gladly trades them for a nice pair of moccasins for his Grampa. After all, it's Grampa Halfmoon who's always there to help Ray get in and out of scrapes—like the time they are forced to get creative after a homemade haircut makes Ray's head look like a lawn-mowing accident.
About the Author
Cynthia Leitich Smith is the author-curator of Heartdrum at HarperCollins and a member of the MFA faculty in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a citizen of the Muscogee Nation and lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and a long-haired Chihuahua. Her books include Rain Is Not My Indian Name, Jingle Dancer, and Indian Shoes.
“The stories’ strength lies in their powerful, poignant evocation of a cross-generational bond and in the description of the simple pleasures two charming characters enjoy.”
— ALA Booklist
“A very pleasing first-chapter book from its funny and tender opening salvo to its heartwarming closer.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Shoes is a good book for any elementary-aged reluctant reader, and a necessity for indigenous children everywhere.”
— School Library Journal
“This book ably springs Ray Halfmoon free from the paint-and-feathers representations of American Indians.”
— Chicago Sunday Tribune
“This is a book so permeated with affection that many readers will just bask in the warmth.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Indian Shoes is about belonging to family and community, helping neighbors, and sometimes feeling different but most times knowing who you are in the world.”
— Multicultural Review