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In Review

By Elizabeth Wroten

Chapter Book Review: Indian Shoes by Cynthia Leitich Smith

On 14, Dec 2015 | In Review | By Elizabeth Wroten

Indian ShoesIndian Shoes written by Cynthia Leitich Smith, pictures by Jim Madsen

Lexile: 820L

From Goodreads:¬†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

Another book I absolutely loved (and have bought a copy for our chapter book collection). As the description says the chapters are more like short stories. There isn’t an overarching story except the concept of Ray and his grandfather living in Chicago. I love stories about children and their relationships with their grandparents and I think many kids do too. Especially those that have special relationships with their grandparents and are seeing that reflected and validated in stories.

The lexile is fairly high on this one, but it has larger print, short chapters, and pictures interspersed into the stories so it felt younger than that number. If any of the vocabulary is hard I would say the format makes it appropriate to be a book a child stretches to read. The format of short story-chapters makes it easy to pick up and put down (great for SSR time at school or even a reading log *shudder*).

Some of the stories are bittersweet. Some are funny (the haircut!). And others are just fun. A good read for any age, really.

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