In the spirit of Christmas classics The Polar Express and The Night Before Christmas comes a holiday tale about the magic of Santa, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney Lonely Hannah is delighted to discover a warm black boot as she gathers kindling in the forest. A poor woman, she 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—but the best is still to come: A visitor arrives at her door—a man with a big white beard, wearing a red suit and only one boot. Who could this magical visitor be? Santa Claus, of course! And he has one more surprise in store for Hannah: She wakes up the next morning to find a new puppy waiting for her!
Winner of the Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Text
“[A] folksy fable about deprivation, abundance, and the spirit of Christmas. . . . As always, Pinkney’s soft, colorful watercolors find deep beauty and interest in simple things.” —The New York Times Book Review
* “Pinkney enhances the strong text with his delightful watercolor illustrations filled with homey details and swirling snowflakes. . . . A winner of a story with enchanting illustrations by a master.” —Kirkus, starred review
* “Gently told and exquisitely illustrated, this holiday jewel centers on Hannah Greyweather, a poor woman who lives in a ‘ramshackle cabin’ and finds a boot in the snow. . . . Pinkney’s meticulously detailed art exudes old-world charm and is a splendid match for Wheeler’s tender tale about taking only what one needs.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The story’s warm folktale feel is heightened by the Caledcott medalist Pinkney’s glowing art, alive with details and overflowing with ambiance. . . . Here is a holiday book that provides something to talk about as well as look at.”—Booklist