Doctor Coyote: A Native American Aesop's Fables

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When the Spaniards came to the New World, they brought a copy of Aesop's fables. Aztec scribes translated the book into their own language and made Coyote, a central figure in Native American folktales, the main character. John Bierhorst, a renowned translator of Native American literature, retells these stories, never before published in English. Wendy Watson's evocative illustrations capture the lively spirit of Coyote's adventures. Full color.

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When the Spaniards came to the New World, they brought a copy of Aesop's fables. Aztec scribes translated the book into their own language and made Coyote, a central figure in Native American folktales, the main character. John Bierhorst, a renowned translator of Native American literature, retells these stories, never before published in English. Wendy Watson's evocative illustrations capture the lively spirit of Coyote's adventures. Full color.

Coyote is featured in each of these Aztec interpretations of Aesop's fables. The illustrations are set in the twentieth century.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW called this retelling of 20 Aesop's fables, as interpreted by 16th-century Aztecs, "an interesting and valuable effort." Ages 7-10. (July)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4 Behind this collection of fables lies a history of moral stories. Originating with Latin and Greek traditional stories, retold by Aesop, transported to the New World in Spanish, and then merged by Aztec storytellers with their own trickster tales, these fables are now translated into English. Twenty of the forty tales from an Aztec manuscript in the National Library of Mexico have been retold in English, keeping several Native American figures of speech. The trickster Coyote is prominent in each tale which ends with a moral statement. Based on oral tradition, the tales read well aloud, but will need some discussion for children to understand the moral advice. Each fable is presented on a separate page with accompanying illustrations. The pictures vary from one to multiple blocks per page and feature the clever Coyote with his friends and enemies in the soft pastel colors of the desert. The presentation of the fables is similar to other editions of Aesop, but is unique because of its Native American flavor. It is a nice complement to the various traditional versions of Aesop found in most libraries. Karen Zimmerman, I.D. Weeks Library, University of South Dakota, Vermillion
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  • ISBN-13: 9780689807398
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 7/16/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.72 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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