Isabel and the Hungry Coyote / Isabel y el coyote hambriento

Isabel and the Hungry Coyote / Isabel y el coyote hambriento

by Keith Polette, Esther Szegedy
     
 

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A little girl is on her way to Grandma's house. The Southwestern dessert is the unlikely setting for the retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Story told in English with Spanish

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A little girl is on her way to Grandma's house. The Southwestern dessert is the unlikely setting for the retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Story told in English with Spanish

Editorial Reviews

Fearless Reviews
Isabel and the Hungry Coyote/Isabel y el coyote hambriento is a cute story, but the real charm is in the local color. Look for all the Mexican and southwestern wildlife in the pictures - horned toad, roadrunner, cacti, Yucca - all surprisingly recognizable in the stylized artwork. The blend of English and Spanish is entertaining too. This book is best for bilingual children or English speakers learning Spanish. Muy bueno!
Heartland Reviews
This is a wonderful bilingual picture book of a Southwest adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood. In this case, Mr. Coyote, is foiled not by a hunter or a woodsman, but by Red herself, who feeds him very hot chili peppers. Throughout the story, Spanish words are inserted, which match words in a glossary in the back. All in all, this is a cute story, cute pictures, and an effective teaching approach. We rated it five hearts.
Betsie's Literary Page
Nicely done and easily understood. This is a clever and delightful take-off from the original Little Red Riding Hood sprinkled with a southwest twist. Cuentos y leyendas of today. . . . In Isabel and the Hungry Coyote, stunning southwest graphics help bring back this tale of old with a bit of spice, reflecting the richness and diversity of Hispanic culture. . . . Easily understood by even the youngest reader and listener. Included is a vocabulary both in Spanish and English, which teachers and parents will find useful.
Children's Literature
Isabel is not the Red Riding Hood you once read about. This girl is Latina, bilingual and walks through a desert to bring tamales with chili sauce to her abuela. In similar fashion to previous tales, however, Isabel is trusting, and the tale begins as she innocently greets a sly coyote who plans to eat her and her grandmother. Unlike the traditional Red Riding Hood, Isabel is more than innocent, she is practical; After the coyote comments that her hood is beautiful, Isabel explains that it keeps the desert sun off her face. She is also generous; She offers the coyote a tamale. He recoils saying the food is too spicy—a fact that Isabel intelligently remembers later—and sets off for the grandmother's house. When the coyote tries to eat her, Isabel foils his plan by throwing hot, spicy tamales with chili sauce into his mouth. Luckily, Grandmother had not been eaten (she had been taking a siesta in the backyard) and Isabel is praised for showing courage and cleverness. This spicy retelling gives the traditional folktale new life. The illustrations which are colorful, soft and whimsical, match the character of Isabel, the clever yet wholesome caperuza roja, perfectly. The text, written in English with intermittent Spanish, provides educational value and lends authenticity to the tale's new context. A Spanish/English vocabulary list is included. (There is a small typo at the bottom of the vocabulary page. The Spanish should read "muy fuerte" translated very hot, rather than "fuente" which means fountain.) 2004, Raven Tree Press LLC, Ages 4 to 7.
—Michelle Negron Bueno

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780972497305
Publisher:
Raven Tree Press,Csi
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Edition description:
Bilingual Edition: English-Spanish
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
805,925
Product dimensions:
9.36(w) x 11.47(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Harold McFarland
"Isabel and the Hungry Coyote is basically a retelling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood but set in a southwestern desert or Mexican desert scene . . . a child can learn a handful of Spanish words by their context within the story. Once a Spanish word is introduced it is continued throughout the remainder of the book. Isabel and the Hungry Coyote is a wonderful read and a recommended book for introducing children to the Latin American Spanish language."--(Harold McFarland, editor, Readers Preference Reviews)

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