Indian Shoes

by Cynthia Leitich Smith

On Sale: 04/02/2002

Indian Shoes

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Indian Shoes

by Cynthia Leitich Smith

illustrated by Jim Madsen

On Sale: 04/02/2002


Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)

About the Book

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.

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Critical Praise

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

“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

“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

“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


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060295325
  • ISBN 10: 0060295325
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 04/02/2002
  • Pages: 80
  • List Price:24.89 CAD
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Chapter Books

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