Coyote Tales

Coyote Tales

Written by: King, Thomas
Illustrated by: Eggenschwiler, Byron
ages 6 to 9 / grades 1 to 4

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, Old Woman and the animals sing to the moon 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.

Key Text Features
table of contents
illustrations

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

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, Old Woman and the animals sing to the moon 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.

Key Text Features
table of contents
illustrations

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd — Oct 1, 2017
Specifications 56 pages | 5.25 in x 7.75 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

BYRON EGGENSCHWILER is an award-winning illustrator whose recent books include The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt by Riel Nason, Operatic by Kyo Maclear (starred reviews from Booklist, School Library Journal and Quill & Quire), Coyote Tales by Thomas King and Beastly Puzzles by Rachel Poliquin (starred review from School Library Journal). Byron's work has also appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Walrus, GQ and O, The Oprah Magazine. He lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Audience ages 6 to 9 / grades 1 to 4
Reading Levels Guided Reading P
Fountas & Pinnel Text Level P
Lexile 570L
Key Text Features table of contents; illustrations
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.6
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.2
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5

Praise for Thomas King, Byron Eggenschwiler and Coyote Tales:

"King's signature sense of humor is on full display." — Horn Book

"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." — A Fuse #8 Production

"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

Praise for Thomas King, Johnny Wales and Coyote Sings to the Moon:

“A brilliant book. King’s Coyote is part traditional trickster and part 1950s greaser …” — Quill & Quire, starred review

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

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

“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

Praise for Thomas King, William Kent Monkman and A Coyote Columbus Story:

A Governor General’s Award Finalist

“This is an entertaining story, great fun to read aloud because the language is crisp, colloquial, and very expressive. It is also extremely thought-provoking.” — Quill & Quire, starred review

“…very funny, provocative, and offers a unique and absolutely engaging point of view.” — Toronto Star

“…what Coyote captures…is the spirit of cheekiness, a bold, outrageous iconoclastic energy that incorporates warmth and inclusiveness.” — Horn Book

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