Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest

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Wherever Coyote goes you can be sure he’ll find trouble. Now he wants to sing, dance, and fly like the crows, so he begs them to teach him how. The crows agree but soon tire of Coyote’s bragging and boasting. They decide to teach the great trickster a lesson. This time, Coyote has found real trouble!

Coyote, who has a nose for trouble, insists that the crows teach him how to fly, but the ...

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Wherever Coyote goes you can be sure he’ll find trouble. Now he wants to sing, dance, and fly like the crows, so he begs them to teach him how. The crows agree but soon tire of Coyote’s bragging and boasting. They decide to teach the great trickster a lesson. This time, Coyote has found real trouble!

Coyote, who has a nose for trouble, insists that the crows teach him how to fly, but the experience ends in disaster for him.

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“Kids will love the action and the brilliantly colored art.”—Sesame Street Parents
“A splendid tale, perfectly paced for an amusing read-aloud.”—Publishers Weekly
“This is great for story-telling: kids will love the slapstick action and the bright, comic art.”—Booklist
“Lively, visually splendid, and sure to appeal.”—Kirkus Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This "splendid" adaptation of a Zuni folktale, PW said, is "perfectly paced for an amusing read-aloud, with illustrations that are equally accomplished." Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Judith Gravitz
Coyote's conniving energy reverberates in this vibrant retelling of one of his more disastrous schemes. Coyote is the trickster character in Native American folktales, whose greed and "nose for trouble" usually lead him to disastrous ends. In this latest adventure, Coyote wants to fly, sing, and dance like the crows. He believes his inability to do these things is what separates him from greatness. The crows agree to show Coyote how to fly, and share their wing feathers with him. As coyote soars through the air, his pride swells. Coyote boasts that he is as great as the crows. Such haughtiness angers the crows, and just as Coyote is flying through the air, the crows decide to take back their feathers. Coyote plummets to a humiliating end-a just and humorous end for such a character. The energetic prose and bold illustrations make this picture book an entertaining read aloud. McDermott includes some background text on the role of Coyote in folklore.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Coyote jumps and bounces across the pages. He is rude and boastful and decides to be just like the crows whose singing and dancing he admires. Old Man Crow decides to have fun with him. The crows pluck feathers from their own bodies and stick them into Coyote's body so he'll be able to fly! He sings off key and dances out of step but he's convinced he's as good as the crows -- until it comes to flying. He gets his just due in this tale of vanity which is also a how and why tale. The orange-reds and vivid blue colors set this story in the Southwest. The pictures steal the show.
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
In this trickster tale, Coyote has a nose for trouble. He watches a group of crows and decides that he wants to learn how to fly. When he insists that the crows teach him how to fly, they use clever antics to trick him. Needless to say, the flying experience ends in disaster for the Coyote, who ends up burning his tail and getting covered in dust. McDermott uses vibrant hues to perfectly capture the essence of life in the desert. The slapstick humor and bright illustrations make this book a great resource for storytelling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152019587
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 136,840
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

GERALD MCDERMOTT (1941-2012) was an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator of books for children. A graduate of Pratt Institute in New York City and a lifelong artist, he began his career as an animated filmmaker before moving into the creation of children's books based on storytelling traditions from around the world. He was awarded the Caldecott Medal and two Caldecott Honors; his extensive and influential body of work includes six popular picture books focusing on the trickster motif. Devoted to oral tradition and the transformative power of mythology, he was the first Fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and served as a consultant on mythology in education. www.geraldmcdermott.com

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