Indian Shoes

Indian Shoes Cover

Indian Shoes

By Cynthia Leitich Smith; Jim Madsen (Illustrator)

HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780060295318, 80pp.

Publication Date: April 2, 2002

Description

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.



Praise For Indian Shoes

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 [of it]…”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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