The Christmas Coat by Virginia Sneve Mod. 4


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Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk. The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood. Holiday House: New York, 2011. ISBN 9780823421343.

Plot Summary: 

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.

Critical Analysis: 

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.

Review Excerpts: 

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

Journal Entry:

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?



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Adrinna Davis

Hello there! Not much to me, I'm just your average author and librarian who is obsessed with Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Merlin, Divergent, ect... who is married with two kids. :) And now blogger. I love children's lit and want to share with you all the amazing books I find!

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