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A Coyote Solstice Tale

by Thomas King, illustrated by Gary Clement

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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

THOMAS KING is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter and photographer of Cherokee and Greek descent. His critically acclaimed, bestselling fiction includes Medicine River, Green Grass, Running Water, Truth and Bright Water, A Short History of Indians in Canada, and most recently The Back of the Turtle, which won the 2014 Governor General’s Award. The Inconvenient Indian, a work of non-fiction, won several national prizes and was described by Joseph Boyden as “destined to become a classic of historical narrative.” A member of the Order of Canada and the recipient of an award from the National Aboriginal Foundation, Thomas King has taught at the University of Lethbridge and was Chair of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota before moving to the University of Guelph where he taught Indigenous Literature and Creative Writing. A Matter of Malice is the fourth novel in Thomas King’s DreadfulWater series.

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Gary Clement is a Governor General Award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in many magazines, including the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, Toronto Life, Canadian Living, and OWL and chickaDEE magazines. Clement is the current daily political cartoonist for the National Post. He lives in Toronto.
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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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