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 lake in rural Oklahoma.
“So permeated with affection that many readers will just bask in the warmth and envy Ray his cool Grampa.” — The Bulletin of the Center of Children’s Books
“An excellent collection of interrelated short stories will appeal to newly independent young readers ready to tackle one or more of these accessible stories.” — Cooperative Children’s Book Center
“A very pleasing first-chapter book from its funny and tender opening salvo to its heartwarming closer. An excellent choice for younger readers.” —Kirkus Reviews
“These stories are goofy, quirky, and laugh-out-loud funny, and poignant, sometimes all together. INDIAN SHOES is about belonging to family and community, about helping neighbors, about learning life’s lessons, and about sometimes feeling different but most times knowing who you are in the world.” — Multicultural Review
“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.” — Booklist
“Images of sitting around the kitchen table with the smell of bacon frying are almost palpable, and the relationship between these two [Ray and Grampa] is as heartwarming to see as an old family photo album.” — BookPage
“[INDIAN] SHOES is a good for any elementary-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.” — The Chicago Tribune
“These loosely connected short stories are well-suited for readers (ages 7-10) who might be overwhelmed by a single novel-length story.” — St. Louis Post Dispatch