COYOTE CHRISTMAS by S.D. Nelson

COYOTE CHRISTMAS

A Lakota Story
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Nelson, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, uses the traditional Coyote trickster character as the focus of his contemporary holiday story, set on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in the Dakotas. Coyote uses his magical tricks to create a Santa costume, complete with a gift sack full of straw, so that he can get into a family’s house for Christmas Eve dinner. His comical act succeeds in fooling the entire family, which consists of two grandparents, their granddaughter, Isabel, and their grandson, Davy, who uses a wheelchair. Coyote himself is tricked when the straw in his gift sack is mysteriously transformed into gift-wrapped presents for each member of the family, including an empty box for Davy with an invisible gift that restores his ability to walk. Though the plot’s resolution is rather melodramatic, Nelson pulls it off with his confident style as a storyteller. His polished illustrations bring the comical Coyote to life, maintaining his personality even when Coyote is eating spaghetti and meatballs or dancing on top of a fence. An informative, well-written author’s note details the history of the Coyote character in Native-American legends. (Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-8109-9367-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2007




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