Lonely Hannah is delighted to discover a warm black boot as she gathers kindling in the forest; the poor woman doesn't have proper shoes on her cold feet. "Glory be! I only wish I had your mate," she says to the boot, and the next morning, to her great surprise, there is not just one boot but two sitting by her bed! More wishes bring even better gifts, including a big, fancy house that's somehow not as comfortable as the home she had before.
Then a visitor arrives at her door -- a man with a big white beard, wearing a red suit, but no boots. And when Hannah willingly gives back the boots, Santa ensures that she has the best gift of all: her old, comfortable house -- and a new puppy 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. A worthy holiday reimagining, best enjoyed as an independent read or as a read-aloud in a small group setting." — Virginia Walter, School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||4 - 8|
|Publication Date||Oct 18, 2016|