Indian Shoes (Library Binding)
HarperCollins, 9780060295325, 80pp.
Publication Date: April 2, 2002
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.
About the Author
Cynthia Leitich Smith has worked in law, public relations, and journalism. She is a mixed-blood member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Ms. Smith lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and a gray tabby. Her books include Rain Is Not My Indian Name, Jingle Dancer, and Indian Shoes.
Praise For Indian Shoes…
— 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