Synopses & Reviews
In this heartwarming story, three Navajo brothers learn about the Holy People. By sharing a creation story with one another, Tall Leo, Big Leo, and Little Leonard grow closer to one another and come to a deeper understanding of their culture.
Three Navajo brothers went to their grandmother Sally's hogan every year for the winter holidays where she told them stories about the holy people, "Long, long ago when the holy people created the earth from the center of the universe, there was no one to enjoy their creation and there was no one to harvest the fruits of this world." At first the brothers thought Grandmother's stories were long and boring especially late at night while they tried to sleep. The eldest brother, Tall Leo was very good at remembering things but still found Grandmother's stories long and boring. The middle brother, Big Leonard, had the ability to think, he took things seriously, but he agreed with his older brother that grandmother's stories were long and boring. The youngest brother, Little Leonard, was ambitious and saw meaning and value in the stories. The three brothers continued the story on the last day of school before the winter holiday. "There were no five-fingered individuals in this world, so the holy people made first man and first woman. The holy people told the five-fingered individuals to ask for what was needed." Father's Boots shares the three brothers' journey to school and home for the holidays as they retell this story in both Navajo and English and as they learn that in retelling the stories they ask their family to have good thoughts, good feelings, to get along and to have happy words for one another.