INDIAN SHOES by Cynthia Leitich Smith, paperback cover art by Sharon Irla, interior art by MaryBeth Timothy (Heartdrum, 2020, 2021). Ages 7-up. Also published by HarperCollins Canada.
Hardcover edition features cover and interior art by Jim Madsen (HarperCollins, 2002).
What do Indian shoes look like, anyway?
Like beautiful beaded moccasins…or hightops with bright orange shoelaces?
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Reread your favorite chapter from INDIAN SHOES by Cynthia Leitich Smith (HarperCollins, 2002)(Heartdrum, 2021), then write a short story about a special time you shared with a grandparent or other adult. Like the author, be sure you give each of your characters a chance to speak for themselves. This is called “dialogue,” and it makes a story seem more real to the reader.
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Don’t Forget the Pants
Ray trades his shoes.
All during the Cub’s game, Grandpa talks about home.
Ray decides to spend his $$ on moccasins for Grandpa.
In the first row, explain what the main idea of that chapter was. Then, in the corresponding character blocks fill in what part that person played in the event.
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Consider the image on the cover of INDIAN SHOES. From that illustration, what can you figure out about the book? Can you guess what the stories might be about? Do you have an idea where the stories take place? Who do you think the heroes are? Can you imagine what you might learn?
1. What would Grampa Halfmoon say if he saw the card the librarian placed by Ray’s shoes?
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1. Locate the passages that make it clear that Grampa Halfmoon is homesick. Have you ever been homesick? If so, what place and/or people were you missing?
2. List at least three ways that Grampa and Ray show they care about each other.
1. Describe in your own words what happened at the wedding.
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“Don’t Forget The Pants!”
Developed by Sylvia M. Vardell and Cynthia Leitich Smith from INDIAN SHOES by Cynthia Leitich Smith (HarperCollins, 2002)(Heartdrum, 2021).
- Grampa Halfmoon
- Best Man
Narrator: As Ray and Grampa Halfmoon climbed a flight of stairs to the front terrace of the rented mansion,
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by Cynthia Leitich Smith | illustrated by Marybeth Timothy | Publisher: HarperCollins | List Price: $5.99 | Pages: 66 | Format: Paperback | ISBN: 978-0-06-442148-5
What do Indian Shoes look like, anyway? Like beautiful beaded moccasins—or hightops with bright orange shoelaces?
Ray Halfmoon prefers hightops, but he gladly trades them for a nice pair of moccasins for his Grampa.
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