Indian Shoes (Hardcover)
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.
This collection of interrelated stories is heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny. Cynthia Leitich Smith 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.
A very pleasing first-chapter book from its funny and tender opening salvo to its heartwarming closer.
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 [of it]…”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books