Book Buzz: The Christmas Boot
The Christmas Boot
by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Ages 3-7, Dial Books For Young Readers
Hannah Greyweather lives alone on the mountain, deep in the forest. Day in and day out, she went about her chores gathering firewood and talking to the forest, the mountain and all the woodland creatures that lived there.
“Brrrr,” she said to the mountain. “Will this winter ever be over? It chills my bones.”
Then, one Christmas morning, she discovered a large black left boot in the snow. When she tried it on, over her soaked rag-wrapped tiny left foot, the boot fits perfectly. She limped to her hovel of a cabin with the left foot nice and warm, and the right foot cold.
That night, as she got in bed, she wished she could have the mate to the boot. She woke up the next morning to find the right boot next to its mate. Soon, she was wishing for many more things that made life more comfortable in the winter, there on the mountain.
Her life was more comfortable now. That is, until a stranger knocks on her door looking for his boot.
Wheeler’s charming Christmas tale fills all the fantasy and the whimsy of a magical world where wishes do come true and the warmth of friendship is dear.
Caldecott Medal winning illustrator Jerry Pinkney brings his masterful loose watercolor style to the story. The open white spaces work in harmony with the text as the story moves along to it’s endearing Christmas holiday conclusion.
The Christmas Boot is a wonderful story for the holidays. It’s just the book for snuggling in front of a winter’s fire and reading a good story that teaches simple gifts are the best gifts of all.
Chuck Galey writes and illustrates picture books. Visit his website to see what he’s up to at www.chuckgaley.com.