A Coyote Solstice Tale

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Wily trickster Coyote is having his friends over for a little solstice get-together in the woods when a little girl comes by unexpectedly. She leads the friends through the snowy woods to the mall — a place they had never seen before. The trickster goes crazy with glee as he shops with abandon, only to discover that filling a shopping cart with goodies is not quite the same thing as actually paying for them. The trickster is tricked and goes back to his cabin in the woods — somewhat subdued — though nothing can ...
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Wily trickster Coyote is having his friends over for a little solstice get-together in the woods when a little girl comes by unexpectedly. She leads the friends through the snowy woods to the mall — a place they had never seen before. The trickster goes crazy with glee as he shops with abandon, only to discover that filling a shopping cart with goodies is not quite the same thing as actually paying for them. The trickster is tricked and goes back to his cabin in the woods — somewhat subdued — though nothing can keep Coyote down for long. Thomas King is known for his fiction featuring Canada's Native people, while Gary Clement's artwork has appeared in several popular children's books. A Coyote Solstice Tale blends King's brilliant deadpan humor and Clement's evocative watercolors in this witty critique of consumerism and consumption aimed at all ages.
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Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
Coyote waits in his little house in the forest for his friends to arrive for a feast. The snow is falling, patterning the trees and accumulating on the roof. Along comes a little girl dressed in red, singing a holiday song. She has sticks in her hair and her nose is covered with a red rubber ball. Although filled with misgivings, Coyote invites the girl in for the feast. When Coyote's friends—Beaver, Bear, Otter, and Moose—arrive with a fresh supply of treats, they take the little girl outside to try and find her home. That is when they notice many of the trees are gone and see a huge mall lighting up the night. The stores are selling all manner of goods including stuff, more stuff, and even more stuff. Coyote shops, shops, and shops some more, piling items in his cart until the moment of rude awakening when he discovers the cost of such abandon. The animals leave all the dreadful folks pushing and shoving and charging and owing at the Forest View Mall. The little girl goes home, pledging to return the following year, and Coyote and his friends return to his home in the forest for their feast. The watercolor illustrations are evocative and the story is filled with humor although all the humans, with the exception of the little girl emulating a reindeer, are all hurried, harried, greedy, and ill-tempered. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3–Coyote is expecting Beaver, Bear, Otter, and Moose for a solstice dinner at his small house in the woods but a little girl in a reindeer costume shows up first. When the friends follow her tracks to discover where she came from, they discover a huge and frenzied mall just beyond the woods, where Coyote goes wild shopping until he discovers that he has to pay for the stuff. The humor is dry and affectionate, the rhyming text delights with sly turns of phrase, the watercolor cartoons are whimsical, and the small size of the book (a bit bigger than a DVD case) adds to the charm. This holiday treat will leave readers with no doubt that an evening spent at home with your buds is priceless.–Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
This witty winter tale deftly skewers the materialistic aspect of the holiday season in a humorous, trenchant way. Coyote is surprised when a little girl with pretend antlers and a fake red nose shows up at his home in the North Woods for a visit. The girl leads Coyote and his four animal friends to a crowded shopping mall full of crabby shoppers and expensive merchandise. Coyote is intrigued, but he realizes he doesn't need any of the items at the mall, and he and his friends return to the woods for a quiet dinner together to celebrate the solstice. The skillfully rhymed text entertains while making a case for more important aspects of the season than acquiring expensive gifts, and Clement's humorous, cartoon-style illustrations in watercolor and ink add to the story's overall appeal. (Picture book. 4-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888999290
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 781,454
  • Age range: 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Great story about remembering the meaning of the season

    Regardless of your religion, this time of year gets wound up with so many activities, and decoration and gifting ... that it takes a moment to focus on the meaning of the holiday ... this story helps us remember that we are easily drawn up in the excitement, but it is important to remember WHY we celebrate. The story is fun to read and appeals to children as young at kindergarden but also has meaning for adults too. It is a great "lesson for all ages" kind of book!

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