Borreguita and the Coyote: A Tale from Ayutla, Mexico

Borreguita and the Coyote: A Tale from Ayutla, Mexico

by Verna Aardema, Petra Mathers
     
 

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What's a little lamb to do about a fierce coyote that wants to eat her? Why, trick him, of course...and and trick him again...and trick him one more time! Here's a lively retelling of a Mexican folk tale by master story teller Verna Aardema, illustrated in bold, winning colors by Petra Mathers.

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What's a little lamb to do about a fierce coyote that wants to eat her? Why, trick him, of course...and and trick him again...and trick him one more time! Here's a lively retelling of a Mexican folk tale by master story teller Verna Aardema, illustrated in bold, winning colors by Petra Mathers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The growing interest in multicultural themes, combined with the seemingly endless supply of folktales from all corners of the world, is a boon for readers, as many of these stories are translated and presented in picture-book form. This classic trickster tale from Ayutla, Mexico, pits a gullible coyote against a fetchingly fluffy lamb. The fluff is deceiving, however--resourceful Borreguita has nerves of steel and gleefully outmaneuvers the hungry coyote at every turn. Mathers ( Sophie and Lou; The Block Book ), one of the reigning queens of quirkiness, injects Aardema's (Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears ; Traveling to Tondo ) fluid, humorous text with her own deliciously skewed point of view, starting with the slyly subversive endpapers (complete with bogus hieroglyphs) that constitute a sparkling sendup of Southwestern art and ending with the final image of the defeated coyote literally slinking off the page. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Aardema retells this Mexican story in which a coyote tries to eat the little lamb. In typical folktale pattern, Borrequita successfully tricks coyote 3 times, each trick a bit more elaborate than the preceding one. Her first trick is famous in "fool" stories around the world. She must convince coyote that the reflection of the moon in a pond is really a round of cheese. Greed can be fooled easily. 1998 (orig.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3--A clever lamb outfoxes a hungry, dim-witted coyote in a triumph of brains over brawn. Vibrantly hued, expansive illustrations of the Mexican countryside illuminate a story that honors imaginative action. (Aug. 1991)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679889366
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
228,255
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile:
560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

* Verna Aardema grew up in New Era, Michigan as the third in a family of nine children.  A cedar swamp in the back of her house served as her inspiration and retreat as a young aspiring writer.

* At Michigan State College, Verna took many writing courses, but none that were aimed at writing for children.  She didn't think about the children's book field until many years later, when she had to make up stories to get her baby daughter to eat.

* Verna writes mostly African folktales because of her fascination with that infinitely diverse continent.  Out of its jungles, deserts, and great plains have come some of the most unusual and charming folktales in the world.

* As of today, Verna has published over 25 books and is still working on more.  Her books have been translated into French, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese and Afrikaans.  

* Verna lives in North Fort Myers, Florida, with her husband, Albert.  

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