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The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood

The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood


$7.00, Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-941813-25-6


AmericanIndianYouthLiteratureAward“Virginia’s personality shines through in this poignant story that entertains and informs.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“With its authentic portrait of a Sioux childhood and Christmas traditions and its eventual happy ending, this is a quiet but affecting picture book.”—Horn Book

“This richly descriptive narrative is well matched by detailed and expressive watercolors.”—School Library Journal

Virginia’s old coat is too small. The cold South Dakota wind blows across the Rosebud Indian Reservation, making her shiver as she walks to school. Virginia dreams of a new coat arriving in the Theast boxes—parcels of clothing from churches in “The East.” But, she knows she may not have a chance for a coat this year. Her father is the village Episcopal priest, so her family chooses last, and as Mama always says, “The others need it more than we do.”

Generosity and unexpected joy remind Virginia of the importance of community within this story from the author’s childhood.

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