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A Coyote Solstice Tale

Written by Thomas King

Illustrated by Gary Clement

  • 64 Pages
  • 9780888999290
  • 8.100" x 5.600"
  • Reading age from 5 to 8
  • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Festivals / Christmas
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Other


Publication Date September 01, 2009

Winner of the American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Awards, Best Picture Book.

Trickster Coyote is having his friends over for a festive solstice get-together in the woods when a little girl comes by unexpectedly. She leads the party-goers through the snowy woods to a shopping mall -- a place they have never seen before.

Coyote gleefully shops with abandon, only to discover that fi lling your shopping cart with goodies is not quite the same thing as actually paying for them. The trickster is tricked and goes back to his cabin in the woods -- somewhat subdued -- though nothing can keep Coyote down for long.

Winner of the American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Award for Best Book 2010


Thomas King

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 Cherokee and Greek descent, was a Professor of English at the University of Guelph for many years, where he taught Native Literature and Creative Writing. He recently won the Governor General’s Award for his adult novel, The Back of the Turtle, and he has been nominated for the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

Gary Clement
Gary Clement is an award-winning author and illustrator. He has won the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) for The Great Poochini and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) for Just Stay Put, and Oy, Feh, So by Cary Fagan. He has also illustrated A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King and Stories from Adam and Eve to Ezekiel by Celia Barker Lottridge. He is the editorial cartoonist for the National Post, and his work has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Gary lives in Toronto where he regularly exhibits his drawings and paintings.


"...splendid satirical romp, with an equally splendid profusion of watercolour illustrations by the inimitable Gary Clement..." Globe and Mail

"The humor is dry and affectionate, the rhyming text delights with sly turns of phrase, the watercolor cartoons are whimsical...[A] holiday treat..." School Library Journal

"This critique of consumerism has the irreverent, biting humour of all King's Coyote stories, a refreshing alternative to sentimental Christmas fare." Toronto Star