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In the spirit of Christmas classics The Polar Express and The Night Before Christmas comes a holiday tale about the magic of Santa, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney Lonely Hannah is delighted to discover a warm black boot as she gathers kindling in the forest. A poor woman, she doesn't have proper shoes on her cold feet. "Glory be! I only wish I had your mate," she says to the boot, and the next morning, to her great surprise, there is not just one boot but two sitting by her bed! More wishes bring even better gifts—but the best is still to come: A visitor arrives at her door—a man with a big white beard, wearing a red suit and only one boot. Who could this magical visitor be? Santa Claus, of course! And he has one more surprise in store for Hannah: She wakes up the next morning to find a new puppy waiting for her!
About the Author
Lisa Wheeler is the award-winning author of more than 30 books for children. She lives in southeast Michigan.
Jerry Pinkney is one of America's most admired children's book illustrators. He has won the Caldecott Medal and five Caldecott Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, five New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Awards, the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and the Society of Illustrators' Original Art Show Lifetime Achievement Award, and many other prizes and honors. Recently a member of the National Council of the Arts and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has also served on the U.S. Postal Service Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Schomburg Center, and the Norman Rockwell Museum. Jerry Pinkney lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney, in Westchester County, New York.
Praise for The Christmas Boot
Winner of the Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Text
"[A] folksy fable about deprivation, abundance, and the spirit of Christmas. . . . As always, Pinkney's soft, colorful watercolors find deep beauty and interest in simple things." —The New York Times Book Review
* "Pinkney enhances the strong text with his delightful watercolor illustrations filled with homey details and swirling snowflakes. . . . A winner of a story with enchanting illustrations by a master." —Kirkus, starred review
* "Gently told and exquisitely illustrated, this holiday jewel centers on Hannah Greyweather, a poor woman who lives in a 'ramshackle cabin' and finds a boot in the snow. . . . Pinkney's meticulously detailed art exudes old-world charm and is a splendid match for Wheeler's tender tale about taking only what one needs."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The story's warm folktale feel is heightened by the Caledcott medalist Pinkney's glowing art, alive with details and overflowing with ambiance. . . . Here is a holiday book that provides something to talk about as well as look at."—Booklist