The coyote is one of the most wide-ranging and adaptable animals in North America. This creature's ability to cope with changing environments has allowed it to spread across both urban and rural settings. In this beautifully illustrated book, the lifestyle of the coyote is presented in a fascinating manner. Each short chapter touches upon a different aspect of the world of coyotes. The factors, which have led ranchers and farmers to fear the damage coyotes can do to their livestock, are presented. The images of coyotes in Native American myth and legend are touched upon. In another chapter, the competition between coyotes and wolves in Yellowstone National Park is described. Finally, the hunting and family life of coyotes are presented. Throughout this intriguing book, the intelligence, craftiness, and cunning of the coyote is evident. The text combined with vivid wildlife photographs provides a wonderful look at an engaging fellow creature. A book that is appropriate for elementary through middle school science or environmental units.
Gr 5-7-As a naturalist and former national park ranger, Swinburne has been able to observe coyotes in a number of environments. In a balanced, readable text, he describes the lifestyle of this supremely adaptable canine, its place in Native American folklore, the conflict between ranchers/farmers and this elusive predator, and the problems the animal faces as it struggles to thrive in pristine wilderness areas and in congested suburbs. Many fine color photos, some large and dramatic, keep proper pace with the text. Informative sidebars are liberally sprinkled throughout. A range map and index complete the attractive whole. Make a place in your collection for this handsome volume even if you already own Cherie Winner's more detailed and less personal Coyotes (Carolrhoda, 1995). Team the pair with a variety of Native American coyote tales and you will give youngsters a long-range view of North America's dog and its relationship with its habitat and with humans.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)
Meet the Author
Stephen R. Swinburne is the author of a number of books for young readers about nature and wild animals, including Saving Manatees, Turtle Tide, Black Bear, and Bobcat. He lives in South Londonderry, Vermont.