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The Christmas boot /

Hannah Greyweather's life is changed when she finds a magic wish-granting boot in the forest outside her home. Full description

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Other Authors: Pinkney, Jerry,
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Language: English
Published: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016
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A lovely, original story of Santa's magic, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney . Lonely Hannah is delighted to discover a warm black boot as she gathers kindling in the forest. A poor woman, she doesn't have proper shoes on her cold feet. oGlory be! I only wish I had your mate,o she says to the boot, and the next morning, to her great surprise, there is not just one boot but two sitting by her bed! And then more wishes bring even better comforts-even a glorious new house. But the best is still to come- A visitor arrives at her door - a man with a big white beard, wearing a red suit and only one boot. Hannah realizes that she needs to return this man's boot to him, and when she does all of her magical comforts disappear. But the man grants her a wish in return. oWhat I truly desire is someone to talk to,o she says, obut warm boots and a pair of mittens would be mighty fine.o The man winks, and the boots and mittens appear. It isn't until bedtime, after Hannah has said goodbye to Santa, that she discovers the most important gift-a new friend! For inside one of the boots is her very own puppy. Praise for The Christmas Boot

Review by Booklist Review

Old Hannah lives in a wooden cottage deep in the forest. Life is a struggle, especially in winter, but one day she finds a black boot that changes things. She wishes she had the shoe's mate, and there it is. Mittens come the next day, and when she wonders aloud what the boot might provide next a feather bed, a fancy house? they appear. Hannah doesn't feel comfortable with this largess, and so she's relieved when the boot's owner appears: Santa Claus. Santa asks if there's anything he can give her. Hannah wishes for the impossible: someone to talk to. But also boots, and maybe mittens? The next morning, she has both, and a squirmy puppy for company. The story's warm folktale feel is heightened by the Caldecott medalist Pinkney's glowing art, alive with detail and overflowing with ambiance. Hannah's wintry world is wide awake with snow-covered pines and cavorting animals. Inside, there is coziness and satisfaction with one's lot in life. Here is a holiday book that provides something to talk about as well as look at.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2016 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Gently told and exquisitely illustrated, this holiday jewel centers on Hannah Greyweather, a poor woman who lives in a "ramshackle cabin" and finds a boot in the snow. Her wishes-for the boot's mate, mittens, and a fancy house-are magically granted. After answering a knock at the door of her sprawling new mansion, Hannah finds a bearded man wearing a red suit and one black boot, whose mate she readily returns. When he asks if there is anything she wants, Hannah's request for "someone to talk to" (as well as replacement mittens and boots) leads to a resolution that will warm the hearts of readers of all ages. Pinkney's (The Lion & the Mouse) meticulously detailed art exudes old-world charm and is a splendid match for Wheeler's (the Dino series) tender tale about taking only what one needs. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. Illustrator's agent: Sheldon Fogelman, Sheldon Fogelman Agency. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Hannah is an old woman living simply in her mountain cabin. One day while gathering wood in her stocking feet, she finds a boot. Hannah is delighted and wishes for a second boot and then for warm mittens and finally for a big fancy house. The boots and the mittens suit her well, but the big house doesn't feel as comfortable. When Santa Claus arrives-missing his boots-Hannah gives hers back, and all of the other gifts disappear as well. Santa leaves the old woman with new boots and mittens and a little dog to keep her company. This retelling of the folktale of the "Fisherman's Wife" who greedily wishes for too much has a kinder ending, and Pinkney's paintings are appropriate to the folkloric quality of this entry. VERDICT A worthy holiday reimagining, best enjoyed as an independent read or as a read-aloud in a small group setting.-Virginia Walter, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Like Hannah, Lisa Wheeler ( Author) grew up in the mountains. Unlike Hannah, her childhood home was chock-full of people. Now in southeast Michigan, Lisa is the award-winning author of over 30 books for children. She is not embarrassed to say, oLike Hannah, I talk to the world and my dog all the time.o Jerry Pinkney ( Illustrator) is one of America's most admired children's book illustrators. He has won the Caldecott Medal and five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards, five New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Awards, the Society of Illustrators' Original Art Show Lifetime Achievement Award, and many other prizes and honors. Recently a member of the National Council of the Arts and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has also served on the U.S. Postal Service Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Schomburg Center, and the Norman Rockwell Museum. Jerry Pinkney lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney, in Westchester County, New York. Visit him online at www.jerrypinkneystudio.com

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