Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk. The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood. Holiday House: New York, 2011. ISBN 9780823421343.
Every year for Christmas, the reservation gets clothing donations from churches. Virginia is hoping for a new winter coat. She is disappointed when a coat she wanted was given to another child. But Virginia learns a lesson on patience that changes her attitude.
I thought this was a really good book. It is a story that teaches kids to be patient, and that sometimes the things you want don’t come to you for a reason, but you will get what you need.
The writing was good. The book flowed well.
I wish there would have been a little more about Native American culture in the book. The only mention of it being Native American was the title and the fact that they lived on a reservation. There was nothing about traditions or other aspects of Native American life.
It had a good lesson to it and was a good, quick read.
From Kirkus Reviews:
“Virginia’s personality shines through in this poignant story that entertains and informs without recourse to stereotypes.”
From Smithsonian Magazine:
“The author recalls a childhood when an act of simple kindness ultimately became its own reward.”
American Indian Library Association Best Children’s Book of 2011
Books by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve:
The Trickster and the Troll ISBN 978-0803242616
High Elk’s Treasure ISBN 978-0823402120
The Cherokees ISBN 978-0823412143
Native American Books:
Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa Story by S.D. Nelson ISBN 978-1419718380
The Star People: A Lakota Story by S. D. Nelson ISBN 978-0810945845
How the Stars Fell Into the Sky: A Navajo Legend by Jerrie Oughton ISBN 978-0395779385
Write about a time where you really wanted something, and you didn’t get it. How did you feel? Was it good that you didn’t get it? Did you learn a lesson?