Coyote Tales by Thomas KingCoyote Tales by Thomas King

Coyote Tales

byThomas KingIllustratorByron Eggenschwiler

Hardcover | October 1, 2017

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Two tales, set in a time "when animals and human beings still talked to each other," display Thomas King's cheeky humor and master storytelling skills. Freshly illustrated and reissued as an early chapter book, these stories are perfect for newly independent readers.

In Coyote Sings to the Moon, Coyote is at first the cause of misfortune. In those days, when the moon was much brighter and closer to the earth, Old Woman and the animals would sing to her each night. Coyote attempts to join them, but his voice is so terrible they beg him to stop. He is crushed and lashes out - who needs Moon anyway? Furious, Moon dives into a pond, plunging the world into darkness. But clever Old Woman comes up with a plan to send Moon back up into the sky and, thanks to Coyote, there she stays.

In Coyote's New Suit, mischievous Raven wreaks havoc when she suggests that Coyote's toasty brown suit is not the finest in the forest, thus prompting him to steal suits belonging to all the other animals. Meanwhile, Raven tells the other animals to borrow clothes from the humans' camp. When Coyote finds that his closet is too full, Raven slyly suggests he hold a yard sale, then sends the human beings (in their underwear) and the animals (in their ill-fitting human clothes) along for the fun. A hilarious illustration of the consequences of wanting more than we need.

Thomas King has written several highly acclaimed children's books. A Coyote Solstice Tale, illustrated by Gary Clement, won the American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Award for Best Picture Book and A Coyote Columbus Story, illustrated by William Kent Monkman, was a Governor General's Award finalist.King, who is of Cherok...
Title:Coyote TalesFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:56 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:7.75 × 5.25 × 0.98 inPublished:October 1, 2017Publisher:Groundwood Books LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554988330

ISBN - 13:9781554988334

Appropriate for ages: 6


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great A beautiful reading. Witty, humourous and sometimes heartbreaking dialogue.
Date published: 2018-05-09

Read from the Book

Excerpt from Coyote Sings to the Moon:One evening, Coyote hears Old Woman and the animals singing to the moon."Pardon me," says Coyote, smiling his Coyote smile. "Exactly what are you doing?""We're singing to the moon," says Old Woman."Well," says Coyote, taking out his comb and brushing his coat, checking his teeth with his tongue, and wiping his nose on his arm. "What you need is a good tenor.""No! No!" shout all the animals. "You have a terrible singing voice!""Yes," says Old Woman. "Your voice could scare Moon away.""Hummph," says Coyote, whose feelings are hurt. "Why would anyone want to sing to Moon, anyway?"Excerpt from Coyote's New Suit:Just then Bear came out of the woods, all hot and sweaty. She took off her bear suit, folded it up neatly and left it on a large, flat rock."Wheeeeeee!" she shouted as she hopped into the pond. She waved her arms and kicked her legs and splashed water all over the place."Now that's a suit," said Raven, eyeing Bear's suit as it lay on the rock. "I don't believe I've seen a suit like that in my entire life." And she flew away.But she didn't go far."Hummmph!" grumped Coyote. "What does Raven know about fashion?"But he had to admit that Bear's suit did look substantial. When no one was looking, he tiptoed over and held the suit up to the light, rubbing his nose in the thick fur."It's not as classy as my suit, but it certainly is impressive."Then Coyote had an idea. It wasn't a good idea, but then most of Coyote's ideas weren't.

Editorial Reviews

"A nice complement to other Coyote tales." - Kirkus Reviews"King's witty and inventive story lines coupled with Eggenschwiler's funny pen-and-ink illustrations will spark readers' imaginations." - International Literacy Association"Thomas King channels Coyote's spirit beautifully, and the end result are two stories that feel old but that 21st century kids are going to find incredibly funny. No small feat for one small book." - Betsy Bird, A Fuse #8 Production"King's signature sense of humor is on full display . . ." - Horn Book