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Author: Wheeler, Lisa
Hannah Greyweather's life is changed when she finds a magic wish-granting boot in the forest outside her home.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.20
Points: .5 Quiz: 186702
Kirkus Reviews (+) (09/01/16)
School Library Journal (10/01/16)
The Hornbook (00/11/16)
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Booklist - 09/15/2016 Old Hannah lives in a wooden cottage deep in the forest. Life is a struggle, especially in winter, but one day she finds a black boot that changes things. She wishes she had the shoe’s mate, and there it is. Mittens come the next day, and when she wonders aloud what the boot might provide next—a feather bed, a fancy house?—they appear. Hannah doesn’t feel comfortable with this largess, and so she’s relieved when the boot’s owner appears: Santa Claus. Santa asks if there’s anything he can give her. Hannah wishes for the impossible: someone to talk to. But also boots, and maybe mittens? The next morning, she has both, and a squirmy puppy for company. The story’s warm folktale feel is heightened by the Caldecott medalist Pinkney’s glowing art, alive with detail and overflowing with ambiance. Hannah’s wintry world is wide awake with snow-covered pines and cavorting animals. Inside, there is coziness and satisfaction with one’s lot in life. Here is a holiday book that provides something to talk about as well as look at. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 10/01/2016 K-Gr 3—Hannah is an old woman living simply in her mountain cabin. One day while gathering wood in her stocking feet, she finds a boot. Hannah is delighted and wishes for a second boot and then for warm mittens and finally for a big fancy house. The boots and the mittens suit her well, but the big house doesn't feel as comfortable. When Santa Claus arrives—missing his boots—Hannah gives hers back, and all of the other gifts disappear as well. Santa leaves the old woman with new boots and mittens and a little dog to keep her company. This retelling of the folktale of the "Fisherman's Wife" who greedily wishes for too much has a kinder ending, and Pinkney's paintings are appropriate to the folkloric quality of this entry. VERDICT A worthy holiday reimagining, best enjoyed as an independent read or as a read-aloud in a small group setting.—Virginia Walter, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.