Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 8
- Grade: k to 3
- Reading age: 5 to 8
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:
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
About the authors
Thomas King, who is of Cherokee and Greek descent, is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter, and photographer. His first novel, Medicine River, won several awards, including the PEN/Josephine Miles Award and the Writers Guild of Alberta Award, and was shortlisted for the 1991 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. It was also made into a CBC television movie. Green Grass, Running Water, his second novel, was shortlisted for the 1993 Governor General's Award and won the 1994 Canadian Authors Award for fiction. His highly praised short story collection, One Good Story, That One, was a Canadian bestseller, and his collection of Massey Lectures, The Truth About Stories, won the 2003 Trillium Book Award. He has also written three acclaimed children's books: A Coyote Columbus Story, Coyote Sings to the Moon, and Coyote's New Suit. Thomas King lives in Guelph, Ontario, and is an Associate Professor of English (teaching Native literature and creative writing) at the University of Guelph.
Gary Clement is an author and illustrator of children’s books who won the Governor General’s Award for The Great Poochini and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Just Stay Put. 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. He lives in Toronto where he regularly exhibits his drawings and paintings.
- Winner, American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Award for Best 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
This critique of consumerism has the irreverent, biting humour of all King's Coyote stories.
This witty winter tale deftly skewers the materialistic aspect of the holiday season in a humorous, trenchant way.
Dryly humorous cartoon illustrations in pen-and-ink and watercolor wash put Coyote’s emotions on full display.
[A] splendid satirical romp, with an equally splendid profusion of watercolour illustrations by the inimitable Gary Clement.
Globe and Mail
A Coyote Solstice TaleCoyote is expecting his friends to celebrate the winter holidays when he receives an unexpected guest: a small girl dressed like a reindeer. She has come searching for “friendship, goodwill and peace”. Concerned she is lost, they follow her tracks back, which leads them to a clear cutting and “A bright object in the night”, which turns out to be the mall. Coyote shops for big ticket items for all his friends, discovering the concepts of cash, credit and consumerism. This story is a humorous look at how commercialism contrasts with the age old traditions of feasting, sharing and caring.
King is a Governor General’s Award nominated novelist/politician of Cherokee, Greek and German descent. He currently teaches English and Aboriginal literature at the University of Guelph. In 2004, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2009-2010.
A Coyote Solstice TaleCoyote and friends are celebrating the winter solstice when a little girl shows up. She leads them out of the woods to the new shopping mall, which is filled with the madness of Christmas shopping. The animals fill their cart, but, when it comes time to leave, paying is not the same as foraging.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.