In this story, a young boy and his grandmother are beaten by three people and robbed of their coats; Grandmother’s moccasins are also stolen. Instead of revenge, the grandmother spends months creating three very special pairs of moccasins which she presents to the offenders on Christmas Eve.
The three young folks are surprised to receive a friendly visit someone they had hurt. When she presented the gifts, each in turn, Grandmother simply said, “I wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas. God bless you.” The recipients were speechless. As the text says, “There was no need for words. None were spoken.”
The illustrations, by the author, are bold and colorful and reflect a Native American spirit.
What I Like: Everything. This is a touching story told in a unique fashion.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: 4-8.
Publisher Info: Abingdon Press, 2003; ISBN: 0687027381; Hardcover: $18.00.
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Special Info: The book was written and illustrated by a Native American, but its message is universal.