A Coyote Solstice

Book Summary: 

Coyote is preparing for his friends to arrive at his house for a holiday get-together when a young girl dressed as a reindeer arrives unexpectedly.  She leads Coyote and his friends to a mall where Coyote learns the hard way that the items in the mall are not free.  An entertaining tale about the downside of materialism.

Year: 
2010
Author: 
Thomas King
Illustrator: 
Gary Clement
Publisher: 
Groundwood Books
Guiding Question: 

Coyote is often featured in Native American trickster tales where he plots and schemes to trick other animals.  Often his plans backfire and these tales demonstrate that selfishness does not help one get ahead.  How does this story portray Coyote?  Is he the trickster in the story?  

 
Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85): 

Honesty - What does Coyote learn from his trip to the mall?

Empathy - Do you celebrate a holiday where you give gifts to others?  Do you prefer to give gifts or receive them?  Why?

Advocacy - Many people do not have enough money to give gifts at holiday times.  What are some agencies or organizations that assist people at holiday times?

Action - What are gifts that you might give that are no or low cost?

Book reviewed by Kathleen Barril, ONU.