The Christmas Coat by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Memories of My Sioux Childhood

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Virginia's coat is too small and hardly protects her from the frigid South Dakata winter. As Christmas approaches, all the children on the Sioux reservation look forward to receiving boxes full of clothing sent by congregations in the East. Virginia spots a beautiful gray fur coat but holds back tears as it is claimed by one of her classmates. Later, virginia can't believe what Mama brings home. Based on an event from the author's childhood, this picture book captures the true spirit of Christmas.

About Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve

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Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve spent her childhood on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation and now lives in Rapid City, South, Dakota. She is the anthologist of the much praised poetry book, "Dancing Treepees: Poems of American Indian Youth". ELLEN BEIERáhas illustrated numerous books for children, including Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride by Marshal Amstel and The Promise Quilt by Candice F. Ransom. áShe lives in Corvallis, Oregon.
Published August 1, 2011 by Holiday House. 1 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Children's Books.

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This straightforward, heartfelt reminiscence recalls a Christmas season from the author's childhood on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, a time when she needed a new winter coat and her younger brother needed snow boots.

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Virginia has outgrown her tattered winter coat, but when a donation of used clothing arrives, the girl, guided by her mother’s admonishment (“The others need it more than we do”), doesn’t end up with the coat she longs for.

Sep 26 2011 | Read Full Review of The Christmas Coat: Memories ...

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