The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux ChildhoodBy
Written by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Illustration by Ellen Beier
Little Virginia is making her way from her house to the school in the cold South Dakota winter. Like her siblings and many friends, she’s excited about gifts of new coats and warm winter wear that will soon arrive from the East. What is Christmas like on a Lakota Reservation? This lovely book shares a warm story that Virginia remembers from the holidays of her childhood, complete with a Christmas miracle of a wonderful new coat that perfectly met her needs.
Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve was born on the Rosebud Reservation and writes beautifully about Native American culture. She has won the Spirit of Crazy Horse Award and the National Humanities Medal for her outstanding work for both children and adult readers.
Suggested Reading Level – Ages 5 and up
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.