A Coyote Solstice Tale

A Coyote Solstice Tale

Written by: King, Thomas
Illustrated by: Clement, Gary
ages 5 to 8 / grades K to 3

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.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

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.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Sep 1, 2009
Specifications 64 pages | 5.6 in x 8.1 in
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Teacher's Guide
Written By Thomas King is an author and Professor of English at the University of Guelph, teaching Native Literature and Creative Writing.
Illustrated by Gary Clement is an author and illustrator of children's books and the editorial cartoonist for the National Post. He lives in Toronto.
Audience ages 5 to 8 / grades K to 3
Reading Levels Guided Reading Q
Lexile NC910L
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4

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

Praise for Thomas King, Gary Clement and A Coyote Solstice Tale:

"…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

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