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A Coyote Solstice Tale

by Thomas King, illustrated by Gary Clement

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list price: $14.95
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published: Sep 2009
ISBN:9780888999290
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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.

About the Authors

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.

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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.
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Contributor Notes

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 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.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 8
Grade:
k to 3
Reading age:
5 to 8
Awards
  • Winner, American Indian Library Association Youth Literature Award for Best Book
Editorial Reviews

...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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A Coyote Solstice Tale

Coyote 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.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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A Coyote Solstice Tale

Coyote 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.

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