Title: The Christmas Coat
Author: Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
Illustrator: Ellen Beier
Publisher: Holiday House
Published Date: 2011
Virginia lives on a Sioux reservation in South Dakota. Her father is the priest of the village. Twice a year charities from the east coast send clothing for the children and families on the reservation. Virginia is in desperate need for a new coat. The sleeves are too short, it is tight through the chest, and it doesn’t even go to her knees. Walking to school in the winter is a pain. She practically freezes by the time she gets there. That day at school, the winter shipment has arrived. She knows that as the priests daughter, she will be the last to choose from the new (to them) clothes. She spies a pretty fur coat almost right away. She hope and prays that no one wants it. But of course, by the time it is her turn the coat is taken. She ends up with another coat that isn’t very interesting. The next day at school the girl wearing the fur coat get it all muddy and it ends up smelling. Her mother tells her that the other girl needs a coat now and Virginia ends up having to give up her second choice coat. But all is not lost! Christmas arrives and the family has been sent extra presents from the east. Virginia has the coat she always wanted!
This was a really good story about giving even when you are in need yourself. In the end, you will get what you need as well. Great Native American story about caring, sharing and karma.