There Was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea
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There Was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea

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by Steve Gray, Jennifer Ward
     
 

There was a coyote who swallowed a flea, Plucked from his knee, that tickly flea. Yippee-o-Ki-Yee! Skinny ol' Coyote delights readers of all ages as he swallows his way through this delicious southwestern-flavored retelling of a well-loved rhyme. As Coyote gets bigger, the story gets zanier as a bird, a bull, and even an entire cactus end up as dinner. It's pure

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There was a coyote who swallowed a flea, Plucked from his knee, that tickly flea. Yippee-o-Ki-Yee! Skinny ol' Coyote delights readers of all ages as he swallows his way through this delicious southwestern-flavored retelling of a well-loved rhyme. As Coyote gets bigger, the story gets zanier as a bird, a bull, and even an entire cactus end up as dinner. It's pure fun for everyone—even that little flea. Call him silly to swallow a chile! Yippee-o-Ki-Yee!

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Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
This variation on the cumulative rhyme begins with the coyote that swallows a flea, and consequently swallows a variety of animals and objects beginning with a lizard, a snake, and a bird. He then swallows some unique and ridiculous items including a cactus and a bull. The repetitive verse goes on until he swallows the moon and ends with a "Burp! Is breakfast soon?" Nonsensical reasons for swallowing these things add to the absurdity and creativity of each line—"He swallowed the cactus to go with the chile. He swallowed the chile to season the bird." Large, colorful, and amusing illustrations depict the desert southwest, and a goofy?looking coyote adds to the humor. The rhythmic flow lends itself to reading aloud. The amusing situations and comical illustrations will have kids laughing out loud, too. Preschoolers, especially, should enjoy this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873588980
Publisher:
Cooper Square Publishing Llc
Publication date:
01/25/2007
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
143,322
Product dimensions:
10.95(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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There Was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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exactlywhatineed More than 1 year ago
This book can be sung to the tune of The old woman who swallowed a spider. I take it to the waiting rooms with me and the kids I babysit - age 3 & 5 - are totally absorbed in it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
arf More than 1 year ago
this book is a really fun twist on the old lady who swallowed a fly. the illustrations are great.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Often a new take on a beloved favorite is doubly appealing due to the familiarity of the piece and the originality of its latest incarnation. Such is the case with There Was A Coyote Who Swallowed A Flea as it is given a spicy Southwestern flavor. Youngsters will love the sing-song rhyme and giggle at the ridiculous coyote who considered everything to be dinner. First of all, he ingested a flea which he found on his knee. That's probable. But the hilarity increases when he swallows a lizard that 'slithered right down to his gizzard' to catch the flea. Then, what catches a lizard? A snake, of course. Poor, poor coyote, it seems he can't win for losing. What he finally swallows is surprise that will leave youngsters laughing out loud at such silly shenanigans. Steve Gray's bold, comical illustrations are perfect companions for this laugh provoking tale. - Gail Cooke